I LOVE yogurt! My favorite way to have it is layered with some granola and fruit, parfait style. So imagine how excited I was to find out how easy it was to make my own Greek style yogurt at home in my Instant Pot!
At first glance, this recipe may seem a bit complicated, but it’s actually very simple. It just has quite a few steps. Follow along carefully and you’ll have no problem. Once you get the steps down, you’ll be zipping through the process!
Notes: You can use any plain, non-flavored yogurt with active cultures in place of the packaged yogurt starter used here. You can also save some of each batch you make to use as starter for future batches. Simply freeze in ice cube trays, and then thaw completely when ready to make another batch. Easy peasy, right?
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Instant Pot® Greek-Style Yogurt
Instant Pot® Greek-Style Yogurt
- 1/2 gallon whole milk
- 2 tbsp yogurt plain, non-flavored yogurt with active cultures
Add milk to Instant Pot® and select the ‘Yogurt’ function. Select ‘Adjust’ until the screen says ‘boiL.”
Add lid and wait until the unit beeps to indicate it is finished boiling. The screen will say “YoGt” when done. (See image) Insert instant read thermometer into the milk to ensure it has reached at least 180°F .
Turn unit off and remove pot to allow milk to cool. For quicker results, place pot in a tub of cold water or leave on the counter to cool naturally.
When an instant read thermometer reads 110°F, the milk is cool enough to add the yogurt starter. For best results, remove about a cup of the milk from the pot and stir the starter into that before pouring into the rest of milk in the pot.
Return pot to unit and cover with the lid (no need to seal for this function). Select the ‘Yogurt’ function again and make sure the setting is on “Normal’ (NOT “Low” – very important!) and adjust time for 8-10 hours. The longer the incubation period, the tangier the yogurt will be.
When the yogurt is done incubating, remove the lid and turn unit off. Line a strainer with some cheesecloth and place over a large bowl. Pour yogurt into the strainer and place in the refrigerator to strain for several hours to overnight. The longer the yogurt is allowed to strain, the thicker the yogurt will be.
Once yogurt is strained, discard the liquid whey (or save to use in smoothies) and transfer the yogurt to a bowl. If the yogurt texture is lumpy, process with an immersion blender or hand mixer until creamy and smooth.
Serve immediately topped with fresh fruit, granola, and a drizzle of honey, if desired, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days. Enjoy!
You can use any plain, non-flavored yogurt with active cultures pr packaged yogurt starter used here. Substitute 1 packet of yogurt starter for 1 tbsp. of yogurt. You can also save some of each batch you make to use as starter for future batches. Simply freeze in ice cube trays, and then thaw completely when ready to make another batch.
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Once you’ve made a couple batches of this delicious, creamy, and smooth Greek Style yogurt, you’ll never want to buy the store-bought varieties again. I make a batch, freeze most of that batch, and then start another one right away. That way I have lots on hand and never have to worry about running out!