Instant Pot Yogurt


Instant Pot Yogurt

Course Breakfast


  • 1 gallon of milk (I like to use whole, grass-fed milk, but you can use whatever milk you prefer)
  • Yogurt starter, either powdered starter or 1/2 cup storebought or homemade yogurt from previous batch


  1. First you need to sterilize your Instant Pot. Add 1-2 cups of water to your Instant Pot. Turn the steam release handle to sealed, hit the steam button and set the time for 1 minute.

  2. Your Instant Pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure and then will steam the water for one minute. Once it beeps at you that it's done, do a quick release to release the pressure. After the steam has stopped releasing, open the lid and dump out the water.

  3. Add your gallon of milk to the Instant Pot. Hit the yogurt button and push the adjust button until the displays says "boil."

  4. The Instant Pot will now boil your milk. This usually takes about 45 minutes for me, but may take a little longer or shorter for you.

  5. After the milk has boiled, your Instant Pot will beep and the display will read “yogt.”

  6. You now need to cool your milk down to 110 degrees. In my opinion, this is the only semi-annoying part of the process. Take the lid off your Instant Pot and remove the pot to somewhere on your counter. Stick a liquid thermometer into the pot so you can keep an eye on the temperature. 

  7. To speed up the cooling process, you can wrap some ice packs around the pot and periodically stir your milk. Cooling the milk usually takes a couple hours for me, but it may take longer or shorter for you.

  8. Once your milk has cooled to about 110 degrees, add your yogurt starter. (If you're using a powdered starter, follow quantity directions on the box.) Stirring continuously, slowly add your yogurt starter to your milk. Make sure that the starter is thoroughly and evenly mixed throughout the milk.

  9. Return your pot to the Instant Pot and put the lid back on. Hit the yogurt button again and then hit the adjust button until it displays a number. This is the number of hours that your yogurt will culture. You can use the “+” and “-” buttons to adjust how long you want your yogurt to culture. Jesse and I are both lactose intolerant, so I ferment my yogurt for 24 hours in order to make a lactose-free yogurt. If you do not have lactose issues, you can ferment your yogurt for a shorter amount of time. I'd suggest starting with 8 hours and then experimenting with longer times if you desire.

  10. After you’ve selected the number of hours, your Instant Pot will beep and then display 0:00. It will then start counting up as it cultures.

  11. When your yogurt is done culturing, the Instant Pot will beep a final time and then display “yogt.” You can now transfer your yogurt to your preferred storage containers. I like to put my gallon of yogurt into four wide mouth quart jars.

  12. Store finished yogurt in the fridge. It should keep for several weeks.

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