Homemade Yogurt Using Your InstantPot

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.)


  1. 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.
  2. Pour in a gallon of milk and add the plain yogurt starter.
  3. Seal the lid and press the “yogurt” button, setting the timer for 8 hours. (8 hours makes a slightly tart yogurt. If you like ┬ámore tartness, let it cook for an hour or two longer.)
  4. Once complete, vent the lid, place a cover on the container and transfer the yogurt to the refrigerator overnight to help it firm up.
  5. 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

This is what healthy looks like. Treat yourself. Yogurt with cherries and almonds.
Homemade yogurt topped with cherries and almonds.

My personal favorite plain yogurt toppings include:

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Red raspberries
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Banana
  • Homemade granola
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts

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