Tired of buying expensive yogurt at the grocery store? Now save money by making Homemade yogurt at less than half the cost of store bought. It tastes amazing, fresh, and you will know exactly what is in yours – no more reading labels. All you need is Just 2 ingredients and just 2 steps! You can also try creating different flavors of yogurt once you master this instant pot homemade yogurt recipe.
Creamy and refreshing yogurt/ dahi or curd as it is commonly known in India is a staple side in most Indian households. It is an excellent probiotic that may help keep your gut health in check. In some studies, it has been noticed to reduce the incidence, duration, and severity of the common cold to the immune system.
SELF PROCLAIMED EXPERT AT MAKING HOMEMADE YOGURT
Yogurt has been something I have been making for more than 20 years and used to call myself an expert. I had mastered the art of making yogurt in Mumbai, India and then life brought me to Virginia. Making yogurt at home in winters in Virginia is nothing less than a disaster or a disappointment and a huge chore. I used to wrap the container in towels, keep it in a warm oven, and there were all kinds of ways to keep a constant warm temperature yogurt needed.
Two Ingredients, Two Steps Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt !
When I purchased my first instant pot, I would use it only for making yogurt for a long time and that was a 4 step recipe. Step 1: BOIL the milk to a certain temperature. Step 2: COOL the milk to a certain temperature then proceed with the remaining 2 steps. In case you are wondering, yes I tried different yogurt making machines and always had different results every time. I wanted to remove the guesswork out of something I believe I was a master at. The instant pot certainly revolutionized the homemade yogurt recipe. After trying it out with different starter options, I am sharing with you a fail-proof method of making homemade yogurt. This is a Cold Start (by Frieda)Instant pot Yogurt method that eliminates the first 2 steps!
The yogurt button on your Instant Pot is a life and money saver. You will be able to effortlessly make homemade yogurt and save money $$ and last time I checked, everyone wants to save money. I love my instant pot and I love making soup, Rice, Beans recipes, however, this is the BEST feature that I have found in the instant pot and for 1 reason I will for sure keep it around FOREVERRR.
Skip the store bought yogurt and save money with Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt
If you are a yogurt lover like us, you will end up spending a small fortune on the thick, creamy wonder of all the leading brand available nowadays in store. Of course, you still need to read the label to read the ingredients and hidden facts about your favorite yogurt brand. Its the artificial flavors, sugars and preservatives that make store bought yogurt a health problem. You know what, you can easily make delicious, fresh yogurt at home with two simple ingredients—milk and a starter culture. It always seems more convenient to grab a pack of yogurt from the supermarket, but there is nothing like fresh, homemade Yogurt. You can tell the difference in taste and it is very easy to make and master at home. If you like sweet, thick and creamy, follow these simple tricks and tips and you’ll never be disappointed.
Fail-proof technique for homemade yogurt in summer, winter or any season
When I used my first instant pot for the first time to make yogurt, My reaction was “Oh my goodness…….I made homemade yogurt at home IN WINTERS !!. This is without the pain of the efforts I took to control the environment for supporting yogurt preparation. This was by far the BEST, coolest and easiest use of INSTANT- POT I have done so far. Seriously, like leave everything right now and try this! You cannot go wrong with this easy two step Homemade Yogurt Recipe
Let me tell you making Yogurt in Summers is a breeze… but in winters don’t ask its like on more chore! Boil the milk to certain temperature, heat the oven then wrap the container in a towel, place it in the oven and pray. YES! pray that the yogurt sets till morning. Making yogurt in instant pot is certainly not faster than traditional ways, however, it’s not labor intensive – you are just letting it sit there and reliable!
How long does homemade yogurt last?
Homemade yogurt can generally stay good for up to 2 weeks when refrigerated. Of course the taste will change once its get older. We usually use a culture from the freshly made batch to use for the next batch. The culture can be used within 2 weeks to ensure success. If I want to take a break, I tend to save 2-3 tablespoons in to freezer friendly containers and the culture can last up to 3 months. You will need to thaw the culture before using it for your next batch.
Can you use this instant pot homemade yogurt in other recipes?
Yogurt is such a versatile ingredient. In Indian cuisine, it is used in so many different varieties of dishes. Both great natural cooler drink which controls body temperature in summers. Dahi is also used in many Indian curry recipes such as Punjabi Kadhi , Dahi Bhalle, Dhokla/savory steam cakes, Semolina savory muffins etc.
Is it cheaper to make your own yogurt / Is this homemade yogurt worth the cost and time?
YES – a tub of yogurt costs between $4-$6 at the stores. You can buy a gallon of milk at a local store for around $3.00-$3.50 and it will make around the same amount of greek yogurt. So you are saving money by making it yourself. Although it is super simple to make, making yogurt does take around 8 hours to make. Most of it is just sitting there, so it’s not labor intensive. It does the work itself. To me, it’s worth the time since I use yogurt almost every day and the savings are great too. Reap the benefits of homemade yogurt! It is almost 50% cheaper than buying store bought yogurt and most importantly there are no preservatives.
Can this homemade yogurt recipe be made using Pot in Pot using and Instant Pot?
Yes, you can use the Pot in Pot method. In the inter pot of the instantpot, I add 2 cups or less water, put the metal stand inside the pot, put the bowl on the metal stand and then close the instant pot with its lid on venting & set yogurt button for around 8 hours. Chill it for 2-4 hours. Get the yogurt in your favorite pot.
What happens when less yogurt culture is added to the milk?
- The taste of the yogurt will not taste good or
- Will not ferment soon or
- Will not ferment at all and become sticky
What happens when you add more yogurt culture than required?
- The yogurt will become sour or
- Sometime it would form bubble on top and smells sour or
- It would not be edible at all.
In case the yogurt get sour don’t worry! There are many uses of it and many different dishes using sour yogurt.
Tips to get perfect homemade yogurt every time !
- choosing whole milk over skimmed milk which will help create thicker and creamy yogurt.
- Make sure the culture that you use is not sour; otherwise it will make the yogurt sour too.
- Ensure that the culture or starter is not too old. The good bacteria in the starter are killed if it is too old.
- Once the yogurt is set, do not leave it in the open for a long time and refrigerate it immediately, else it may turn sour, especially in summers
- Use starter from the previous batch of yogurt to set the new batch, IF YOU RUN OUT OR FORGET knock on your neighbor’s door :P
Homemade yogurt recipe video
- 1 Whisk
- 1 Instant Pot
- 52 ounces Ultra-Filtered-Pasteurized ( tried and tested with Costco Kirkland organic whole milk & Fairlife whole milk )
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Yogurt ("Starter") live cultures/fresh yogurt (like chobani /fage/oui/greek yogurt)
- Pour the milk in your instant pot.
- Add in the Yogurt to the milk.
- Whisk it nicely and place the lid on .
- Push the Yogurt button and use the +/- buttons to set time to 8 hours. the setting should be "Normal."
- When Yogurt cycle is finished, open it gently due to water condensation in the inner side of the instant pot lid
- .Place a bounty tissue and a lid and transfer to refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours.
- Enjoy the most creamiest and delicious yogurt!
This cold start yogurt can only be made in Instant Pot Mini DUO (DUO Plus, DUO, Smart, Ultra) they have yogurt button.
You can place on your IP Lid or a Glass Lid or any plate while making the yogurt (IP is not under pressure).
Do not use raw or regular milk, as it contains bacteria and it needs to be boiled first.
Use fresh yogurt starter(it should contain live active cultures
Important you need ultra-pasteurized Milk for this recipe.we have successfully made it with costcos kirkland organic whole milk + fairlife
you can use 2%Ultra pasteurized milk to ( yogurt sets well)
- Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
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