How To Make Yogurt In An Instant Pot Without A Yogurt Setting

How To Make Yogurt In An Instant Pot Without A Yogurt Setting

Are you wondering how to make yogurt in an instant pot without a yogurt setting? Well,  you came to the right place. As a professional chef, I know how to make Yogurt in an instant pot without a yogurt setting. It’s easy to make.

Yogurt is basically made by a fermentation process. Instant pot helps the yogurt to be firmer and perfect. Some instant pots have yogurt buttons in them which make yogurt without any extra hassle. Some instant pots don’t have a setting for yogurt, but still it can be made without the yogurt setting in an instant pot.

Keep reading to know the process of yogurt-making without any setting.

8 Steps To Make Yogurt In An Instant Pot Without A Yogurt Setting

1. Prepare Instant Pot: 

First off, you should prepare your instant pot. Clean the inner pot properly. If you don’t clean it, your yogurt won’t be thick and it will destroy the whole yogurt consistency.

Sometimes when we cook any other dish in an instant pot it leaves an aftertaste.Prepare your instant inner pot by putting in some hot boiled water. It will help you clean up the aftertaste of food that was prepared earlier in the instant pot.

2. Milk: 

You can use any kind of milk. You have to boil the milk at 180° Fahrenheit in your instant pot without putting off the lid. Turn on the saute option in your instant pot for boiling all ingredients. After the milk is boiled, turn it off and put a lid on your instant pot for 5 minutes. 

Boiling milk is necessary because milk has bacteria which is harmful to health. Boiling will destroy all the bacteria. Try to use whole milk because it will make the yogurt thicker. But using normal milk will make your yogurt liquid.

3. Yogurt Starter:

You need a yogurt starter for making yogurt. Put the yogurt starter with the milk before boiling. It helps ferment the milk. The more yogurt starter you put, the thicker the yogurt will be. 

You can use two or three tablespoons of yogurt starter in the hot milk. But don’t use a yogurt starter more than ¼ cup. 

4. Sweetener:

 If you want to make sweet yogurt, add your desired sweetener. If you want to make sour yogurt then don’t add anything to it. You can add honey, sugar, dates, and condensed milk as a sweetener in yogurt. Add the sweetener with boiling milk.

5. Flavour:

 If you want to eat flavoured yogurt, put the desired flavour before setting the yogurt. You can use fruits like blueberry, strawberry, etc. Don’t use any acidic fruits in yogurt. It will make the yogurt sour. You can leave without adding any flavour too.

6. Mix Yogurt:

 Check your yogurt mixture properly to find any lumpy texture. If you find lumps in your yogurt, try to mix it up properly with a mixer or hands. 

7. Set Yogurt: 

Put the lid of the instant pot tightly. Cover the instant pot with a blanket for 10 to 12 hours. It will help the yogurt to set properly. At this time you don’t need to use any settings.

8. Yogurt: 

Lastly, remove the blanket to get your perfect creamy and thick yogurt out of an instant pot.

Types Of Yogurt Starter For Making Yogurt In An Instant Pot 

Among all other yogurt starters, these four starters are often used while making good yogurt. Such as

  1. Plain Greek Yogurt 
  2. Homemade yogurt 
  3. Bacterial Culture
  4. Natural Bacterial Culture 

Tips for Making Yogurt In An Instant Pot without Yogurt Setting

I am giving some tips so you can make yogurt without failing. Such as: 

1. Milk:

 Try to use high-quality milk. The more milk you use, the better quality yogurt you will get. Don’t use powder milk because it secretes lots of water from yogurt.

2. Thick: 

 Don’t use low-fat milk for making yogurt. Because low-fat milk doesn’t have all the proper enzymes in it. Use whole milk thicker yogurt.

3. Lumpy Texture: 

Breaking lumps is necessary for a creamy texture. If you don’t remove these lumpy textures, you will have neither a smooth surface nor a good taste. 

4. Yogurt Starter:

 Don’t go overboard with a yogurt starter. Indeed, the more yogurt starter you use, the firmer your yogurt will be. Don’t use more than ¼ cup because it can ruin your yogurt taste.

Can You Steam Homemade Yogurt Without Yogurt Setting In An Instant Pot?

You can steam yogurt in an instant pot without using a yogurt setting. To make that you have to follow 3 steps:

1. Mix Ingredients:  

Take a cup of yogurt, 2 tablespoons condensed milk, and half a teaspoon of cardamom powder and mix everything with the help of a whisk. Make sure there isn’t any lumpy texture.

After that put the mixture in a heat-resistant bowl.  Cover the bowl with aluminium foil paper.

2. Prepare Instant Pot: 

Put 1 cup water in the inner pot for steaming. Then put a trivet into the pot. The trivet will help to hold the yogurt bowl.

3. Steam : 

Put the bowl over the trivet and cover the lid of the instant pot. Press on the manual button and steam it for 10 minutes. Finally, take out your steam yogurt.

Why Should You Make Yogurt In An Instant Pot Without Any Setting?

Normally an instant pot with a yogurt setting is more expensive than a normal instant pot. You can use both of them to make yogurt perfectly. Then why would you go for an expensive instant pot?

 There are lots of benefits of making yogurt at home. You can adjust the consistency of yogurt, thick or non-thick as your wish. Also, vegans can make plant-based yogurt. There is no hassle to make yogurt without a setting as well. 

Price Comparison Between Instant Pot With And Without Yogurt Setting

I am comparing the price range between instant pot with and without yogurt setting. It will help you choose according to your needs.

Instant Pot Setting Price 
With Yogurt SettingThis instant hot pot setting is popular. It costs around $100 to $200.
Without Yogurt SettingAn instant pot without a yogurt setting costs much lesser in price. You can buy them for $30 to $100.

What Can You Use If You Don’t Have Yogurt Setting In Instant Pot?

You can use a boiling method if you don’t have a yogurt setting in an instant pot. Set the instant pot to a manual or saute option for 10/15 minutes for boiling the ingredients. Then cover it with a blanket for making firmer yogurt.

How Much Time Does It Take To Make Yogurt In An Instant Pot Without Yogurt Settings?

The average time to make yogurt in an instant pot without a yogurt setting is 12 to 13 hours. First, you need to boil the milk with a yogurt starter and sweetener. Then boil for 5 to 10 minutes max. At last set your yogurt for 12 to 13 hours. The time depends on the thickness of boiled milk, though.

Final Verdict: 

Don’t get nervous if you are making yogurt in an instant pot for the first time. Making yogurt is not rocket science at all. Just follow the aforementioned steps carefully to make yogurt in an instant pot without a yogurt setting. 

Read our other articles to know more about instant pots. 

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Raymond Brown

This is Raymond Brown. I have created this website to share kitchen hacks and to teach easy recipes. You can use these kitchen hacks to improve your cooking skill. By profession, I am a Michelin chef from California. From my teenage years, I had a keen interest in cooking. I took a diploma in Culinary Arts to start my career as a professional chef.

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