The Instant Pot: Yogurt

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A very interesting option. I’m mostly off dairy at this point but not entirely, and I do like yogurt. Also I find it curious that the Instant Pot can MAKE yogurt, and so I definitely had to try it. And, I’ve never made my own yogurt.

The result? Lovely, fresh, pure yogurt that’s better than store bought for sure. I recommend it. I was surprised that it took so long, but really only because so far the Instant Pot has meant instant meals, instant grains, quickly cooked things, and I had conveniently forgotten that it also has a slow cooker function, and that it professes to make yogurt. Which means, time to ferment, der.

So. Here’s the lowdown.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 gallon whole milk (preferably raw but definitely as un-homogenized as possible)
  • 2 tbls (ish) plain yogurt with active bacterial cultures (the back of the package will tell you if it’s got ’em).

Preparation:

  1. Pour the milk directly into the Instant Pot. Cover, and press the Yogurt button. Then, press the adjust button to more. Wait for the pot to turn on. It should say “Boil” on the screen.
  2. That should take about 30 – 45 minutes or so. When it’s boiling, the screen will say “yogt”. Open the lid and check the temperature in a few spots. It should be over 180 degrees F. Stir with a spatula and check the temperature again. It should still be above 180. If not, pop the lid back on and use the slow cook less function for another 15 minutes. If it is over 180, then proceed.
  3. Skim away any skin that’s formed on top of the milk, remove the inner pot and set the milk aside on the countertop to cool.
  4. Once it’s cooled, add 1/2 cup of the cooled milk to a separate cup and add the yogurt starter. Mix gently, but well.
  5. Pour that mixture into the cooled milk, and gently stir a few times.
  6. Place the inner pot back in the Instant Pot, cover with lid, and hit the yogurt function.
  7. You can set the time anywhere from 8 – 12 hours — the longer you incubate, the tangier the yogurt, so really it just depends on your personal preference.
  8. Once the incubation is complete (that many hours later), remove the inner pot and place into the fridge for a few hours.
  9. Serve.

Congratulations. You just made yogurt. Add toppings that make you happy and enjoy.

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