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Instant Pot Yogurt

Updated: Feb 14

If you and your family eat a fair amount of yogurt, you should seriously consider using your Instant Pot to make this super simple yogurt.

instant pot and ingredients to make yogurt


  • 1/2 gallon organic, ultra-pasteurized milk (for this method, the milk MUST be ultra-pasteurized)

  • 2 TBSP of plain or vanilla yogurt containing live cultures.

For the first time, you will have to buy a single serving of yogurt. After that, always save a couple of tablespoons to use for the next batch.

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk, to taste.

I use about 1/3 of a can per batch and just transfer the rest to containers for future batches.

  • 1-2 TBSP Vanilla Extract (or other flavor)

This recipe is super customizable. You can skip the sweetener and extract if you want plain yogurt. You can add more sweetener if you want, or use honey or maple syrup if you wish. Vanilla extract is delicious, as is lemon, orange or maple.


Combine the milk, yogurt starter, and sweetener in the instant pot. Whisk to combine.

Put the lid on and set it to venting (this is NOT done under pressure). Press the YOGURT button. It will default to 8 hours. You can adjust the time. Less time will make it less tangy, more time will make it tangier. I think 8 hours is perfect.

Once the instant pot is complete, remove the lid, carefully avoiding getting condensation into the yogurt. Use a paper towel to wipe the condensation from the sides of the pot insert. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill overnight.

Once it is cool, you can stir in the extract, if you are using it. Then transfer the yogurt to a glass container. This fresh yogurt will last for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.

You can also strain it through cheesecloth if you want thicker yogurt, however, I like it as is.

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Serving Idea

No matter how you flavor it, this yogurt will be delicious. Eat it on its own or top it with a TBSP of elderberry syrup, 1/4 cup of fresh berries or other fruit, granola, a swirl of maple syrup...the list goes on.

Give it a try and enjoy!!

container and bowl of freshly made yogurt with spoon

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