Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt is an easy way to make the great tasting yogurts you love inside your own home.
With this frugal, fun, and healthy way of making your own yogurts, you can enjoy knowing exactly what’s in your food and have the power to control those flavors too!
Cold start yogurt may sound intimidating, but it’s honestly one of the simplest recipes you can manage to make.
Instant pot yogurt is made by simply adding ingredients and pushing a button. If you can do that, you’re pretty much golden.
The hardest part is being patient as it takes several hours, but if you’re comfortable with it, many people choose to make yogurt overnight while they sleep.
Does your family have one or more yogurt lovers? The ones that can go through what feels like gallons of yogurt in no time flat? That adds up, right?
Considering the cost of a 32 oz yogurt container and the cost of these ingredients, when you do the math, you’re saving money.
What makes it even better is that you control the added ingredients so you can make it healthier, sweeter, or use it as a savory replacement for sour cream in most recipes.
In case you’re looking for more great food ideas to eat with your homemade cold start yogurt, you can try it at breakfast with granola and berries served with a slice of my delicious sweet roll.
Doesn’t that just sound incredible?
What’s In Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt?
- 52 oz Fairlife Whole Ultra-Pasteurized Milk
- 1 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 Tbs Oui Plain or Vanilla Yogurt
- Fresh Berries
- Granola pieces
How to Make Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt
- Add your Fairlife Whole Ultra-Pasteurized Milk to the inner pot of the Pressure Cooker.
- Pour the Sweetened Condensed Milk and stir while it’s being added.
- Add in the Oui Plain or Vanilla Yogurt and whisk to combine.
- Set the Pressure Cooker Yogurt Button to 8 Hours.
- After 8 hours, remove the inner pot liner. Cover with plastic wrap and then place it in the refrigerator for 4 hours
- Optional: Strain Yogurt – If you want an extra and thick creamy yogurt, place the yogurt in a fine-mesh strainer for 2-3 hours. The excess whey will separate.
- Place your yogurt in glass jars and then store them in the refrigerator.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes, this recipe is great for doubling, but I recommend only doing so if you have an 8qt Pressure cooker as a double batch would yield a lot of yogurt!
Can I use any brand Ultra-Pasteurized Milk?
Absolutely, any brand of milk should work as long as it says “Ultra-Pasteurized” anything that hasn’t been Ultra-Pasteurized won’t work.
Will any brand of yogurt work in this recipe?
Unfortunately no, the yogurt you use is incredibly important for this recipe to work.
You need to use a yogurt that contains active live cultures as that’s what makes your milk turn into yogurt. You can use any brand, but it must state that it has active live cultures.
How can I sweeten up plain yogurt?
Plain yogurt is such a great thing to make because it can go in savory dinner dishes and be great for breakfasts too.
If you’d like to sweeten up your plain yogurt, consider adding in some maple syrup, honey, or adding sweet berries after the yogurt has been processed.
I recommend adding to individual servings as it’s being eaten so that you can adjust flavors and sweetness levels depending on your cravings.
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How to Store Yogurt
Keep your finished yogurt in the fridge in an airtight container. You can use mason jars for easy to grab serving sizes, cleaned baby food jars, or even a large Tupperware container with a lid.
How long is yogurt good for?
Your homemade yogurt should be good for up to 2 weeks if you keep it properly stored. This should give you plenty of time to eat it!
Can I freeze Yogurt?
Absolutely! Yogurt freezes so incredibly well that it’s amazing. It even tastes great frozen, so there’s no need to thaw it before eating (perfect for that cold summer-time treat!)
How to Freeze Yogurt
There are a number of different ways that you can freeze yogurt.
For babies, toddlers and kids you can pipe out yogurt dots onto parchment paper, freeze and then place into a Ziploc bag for quick frozen snacks that they can enjoy.
You can also place the yogurt in popsicle containers and freeze for some yummy frozen yogurt popsicles.
Or you can simply freeze the yogurt in a sealed plastic container, then thaw in the fridge and stir before using as needed.
It will separate as it thaws, so stirring is essential to keep it from looking too watery.
Whatever you do is up to you, but remember that it could be dangerous to freeze glass containers as some may break, so choosing a non-glass container will save you the risk of cleaning your freezer and losing your yogurt stash.
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Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt
- 52 oz Fairlife Whole Ultra Pasteurized Milk
- 1 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 Tbsp Oui Plain or Vanilla Yogurt
- Fresh Berries Optional
- Granola Pieces Optional
- Add Fairlife Whole Lactose Free Milk into inner pot of Pressure Cooker
- Pour Sweetened Condensed Milk and stir while adding
- Add Oui Plain or Vanilla Yogurt and whisk to combine
- Set Pressure Cooker Yogurt Button to 8 Hours
- After 8 hours remove inner pot liner. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 4 hours
- Optional: Strain Yogurt – If you want an extra thick creamy yogurt, place yogurt in a fine mess strainer for 2-3 hours. The excess whey will separate.
- Place yogurt in glass jars and store in refrigerator