Loving your instant pot as much as I do? If you’ve graduated from instant pot newbie status, tried your hand at these easy instant pot recipes and feel comfortable using this kitchen contraption, then it’s time to get more cultured with your instant pot.
Yogurt cultures, that is. Don’t let that handy dandy yogurt button on your instant pot* stay untouched; use it to make these unique creamy and oh-so-delicious instant pot yogurt recipes.
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- Instant Pot Duo* with yogurt button
- Yogurt strainer* if you like yours Greek and tangy, or a nut milk bag* if you want to strain the old school way
- Digital food thermometer* to ensure your batches reach the appropriate temperatures for your yogurt to be made
Don't forget to see our list of top recommended instant pot accessories by the best Instant Pot cooks on the web.
How to make yogurt in the instant pot
If you know nothing about making yogurt, you might be intimidated wondering what yogurt making even entails. But worry not, with the instant pot, this process is almost all easy with the push of a button.
First, you’ll need your ingredients. Goods news is that you only require two: milk and yogurt.
And all of these recipes pretty much use the same basic process, which isn't too hard to follow:
- Step 1. Sterilize your instant pot and all equipment you’ll be using.
- Step 2. Heat milk to the yogurt temperature of 180 degrees.
- Step 3. Cool milk to about 105 degrees.
- Step 4. Add yogurt starter – basically any yogurt that contains ACTIVE / LIVE bacteria cultures…we don’t want any lazy yogurts here. Or for a dairy-free yogurt starter*, here's a popular one to use.
- Step 5. Wait for yogurt to set. The longer you wait, the tangier/thicker your yogurt gets.
- Step 6. Eat yogurt or save for later.
- Step 7. Keep a portion as the starter to make more yogurt next time because you’ll be hooked!
Without the yogurt button
If you ran all giddily to your instant pot, only to find that you have this version of the pressure cooker WITHOUT the yogurt button, don’t be sad because there’s still a way to make instant pot yogurt. Just follow the instructions here. (via Nature Moms)
Regular and Greek yogurt
But if you’ve got this instant pot with the yogurt button already built into it, then these simple instructions will tell you how to make regular or Greek yogurt. The difference is that regular yogurt is strained, Greek yogurt is not. (via Super Healthy Kids)
Noosa (sweet honey)
Noosa yoghurt is a sweet, creamy yogurt that’s pretty popular in Australia. It’s more of a dessert custard than a yogurt. (via This Old Gal)
You’ll be adding condensed milk in this version of instant pot yogurt, making it slightly sweet. (via Food is a Four Letter Word)
Of all the types of yogurts, this is probably the most decadent. Think thick, creamy, smooth. This recipe calls for half and half, plain yogurt, and condensed milk. It’s rich enough like this, but you can also add vanilla as well.
If that’s too sickeningly sweet or rich for you, then replace the condensed milk with honey, maple, or agave. (via Food is a Four Letter Word)
Here’s a fun yogurt that’s in liquid form. This type of yogurt is very popular in Asia and totally meant to be consumed with a straw. (via Food is a Four Letter Word)
Vegan paleo coconut
Yes, lactose-intolerant folks, rejoice. You can have tasty yogurt minus the dairy. For your dairy-free yogurt starter, use culinary or canned coconut milk. If you’re going for yogurt-like consistency too, then add some tapioca starch or agar agar flakes (not powder). (via Detoxinista)
If you're not a fan of coconut milk flavor, then there's this option, made from soy. (via Plant Based Instant Pot)
Frozen yogurt bars
Because why not make frozen yogurt bars in your instant pot? This also confirms that the instant pot can pretty much do anything. (via This Old Gal)
Greek yogurt cheesecake
Here's a bonus recipe for you. Yogurt is great with honey or frozen berries, and even as a healthy sub for sour cream. But it’s even better in instant pot cheesecake! Seriously, you've gotta try it. (via Life Made Simple Bakes)
We traveled around the world, into the freezer aisle, and even thought of a workaround to include our low-carb, paleo, lactose-intolerant, vegan friends with these instant pot yogurt recipes. A real celebration of diversity in yogurt culture, don’t you think?
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