I haven’t made yogurt in a long time. It was a lot of work and I was running a fifty-fifty success rate. Yogurt was so inexpensive back then, I decided to stop wasting money and milk and buy it instead. Now-a-days, we go through two containers of plain yogurt each week and a large container of yogurt typically cost us $5-6, depending on if there is a sale. This means we are spending $520-$624 a year on yogurt alone, yikes! As a home economist, I felt we could do better. Enter the InstantPot.
The InstantPot has been a solid investment for us. We bought it during a holiday sale, added in bonus buck savings we accumulated and ended up paying $35 for it!
Here is how we saved a bundle of money making homemade yogurt. If you decide to try it at home, I warn you, it makes A LOT of yogurt.
Homemade Yogurt InstantPot Recipe
- 1 gallon of milk (I used ultra-purified. I do not use raw, as I would have to boil it first to kill pathogens.)
- 1 cup of plain yogurt (This is like a sourdough starter for yogurt, filled with flavorful probiotics.)
- Sterilize the cooking container: Place a cup of water in the InstantPot, seal the unit and press “steam”, setting the timer for 5 minutes. Allow the container to come to room temperature.
- Pour in a gallon of milk and add the plain yogurt starter.
- Seal the lid and press the “yogurt” button, setting the timer for 8 hours. (8 hours makes a slightly tart yogurt. If you like more tartness, let it cook for an hour or two longer.)
- Once complete, vent the lid, place a cover on the container and transfer the yogurt to the refrigerator overnight to help it firm up.
- Transfer the yogurt to storage containers. You can use short, wide mouthed jars for single servings or dump the lot of it into a big glass storage container. (I like glass, because it does not change the flavor of what it is holding.)
Milk Options for Homemade Yogurt
I plan to experiment and use different types of milks to see how they effect the final product. I’ll track them here, as I go; but if you’ve tried something not listed, please leave a comment below and let us know the results!
- Nature’s Promise Organic Whole Milk (Ultra Pasteurized) – This created a thin, but creamy yogurt with a mild tartness.
- Fairlife Whole Milk – This is a lactose free milk. Because it is lactose free, it has less sugar than regular whole milk. It also has a slightly higher protein and calcium content. – Currently testing
- 2% milk – have not tested
- Skim milk – have not tested
- Chocolate milk – have not tested
Homemade Yogurt Toppings
My personal favorite plain yogurt toppings include:
- Red raspberries
- Pomegranate seeds
- Homemade granola