Making Yogurt in the Instant Pot is Easy and So Good
Over the weekend I decided it was time to make yogurt in the Instant Pot. I was at the store and almost bought me a container of yogurt and then thought "What am I doing?". I will just buy the stuff to make it myself. I mean I have an Instant Pot so why not?
Have you ever made it before? Literally you only need two things. You need milk. And a starter for the yogurt. The starter could be yogurt you buy in the store. I just always buy a starter off Amazon. It is just a powder that I use. Literally that is all you need.
I started the process on Sunday and I was eating yogurt by Monday afternoon. It takes a little time but not too much. I have people ask me why would I make it when I can just buy a tub of it at the store? Well it's simple. I think it tastes so much better when you make it yourself. It only costs you the price of the milk. Most importantly you know exactly what is in your yogurt. There are no weird preservatives in it. There is no extra sugar. It is just so much better.
How do you make yogurt? You start with a clean and sterilized pot. Just use the steam feature for about five minutes with a cup of water. Then after sterilized just dump out the water and put in the refrigerator for a few minutes to cool off. This will keep the milk from scorching in the bottom of the pan.
Then you pour the gallon (or half gallon of milk) in the pot. You can use whole milk or even two percent. Push the yogurt button. Push it again until it says "boil" on the screen. Let it do it's thing.
Use a digital thermometer to test to see if the milk is at 185 degrees. If it is not I usually push saute and let it warm up to the right temperature. You want to make sure to stir it to keep it from burning.
Once it gets to the right temperature you then need to let it cool down. These are important steps to take so that the yogurt sets up right. I usually put my pot of milk in the sink in cold water. Once it cools down to between 95 - 110 it is ready for the starter. Mix it in. You only need about a tablespoon of the yogurt or read the directions if you have the package.
Then all you have to do is put the pot back in and push the yogurt function again and set the timer for 8 - 10 hours. The longer the more tart it is. Once the time is done you then put it in the fridge to set up. I let it sit in there a couple hours.
After that you need to decide what type of yogurt you want. If you want regular yogurt it is done. You can add flavoring if you want. I usually just add fruit. If you want Greek Yogurt, which is the way I go most times, you need to strain it.
I have a yogurt strainer. If not you can use coffee filters to strain. The whey that is removed you can use for starter next time. Just fill up an ice cube tray. The yogurt, once the whey is removed, is Greek Yogurt and ready for you to eat.
It is one of my most favorite things to make. I bought blueberries to add as I dish up the yogurt. I also have honey and granola I can use too. It is so much better than just buying yogurt at the store.