Easy Vanilla Yogurt
By :MaoMao Mom
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Votes: 28
Rating: 3.82
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Cooking Technique Yogurt
Main Ingredient Milk, Sugar, Yogurt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups milk 2%
  • 3.5 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Cooking Technique Yogurt
Main Ingredient Milk, Sugar, Yogurt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups milk 2%
  • 3.5 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Votes: 28
Rating: 3.82
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Instructions
  1. Bring milk to boil in a medium size non-stick pot on high heat (option to do this in the Instant Pot by using the Saute function on high temperature).
  2. Cool to near room temperature.
  3. Add yogurt and sugar. Stir to mix. Divide the mixture into 4 heat proof cups. (If you used the Instant Pot for these steps, clean out the Instant Pot, it will be used in the following steps.)
  4. In the Instant Pot , add 5 cups water. Place the 4 heat proof cups into the inner pot. Close the lid and choose “Keep Warm” function for 15 minutes.
  5. Let the pot stand for 10 hours closed.
  6. Open the lid and take out yogurt. Cover with plastic wrap and chill a few hours before serving.
50 replies
  1. Marym
    Marym says:

    There is no 4 cup mark on my instapot! Only 1/2 and 2/3 full. This is very confusing! Did not turn out well for me. Had to dump it all out

  2. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    You are correct, the newer stainless steel inner pot versions do not have those markings. It is 5 cups water in comparison. (I’ve updated the recipe to give that information) Thank you for the feedback.

  3. Isabel
    Isabel says:

    Hi Princeshops – yes you need a cUlture starter to make any yogurt. Typically use shop bought plain yogurt first time. Next and future times use what you made yourself to start the next batch. Hope that helps Those new to making yogurt

  4. Wierdcobra
    Wierdcobra says:

    Does the yogurt mixture go into cups into the instant pot and get covered with the water? If so, wouldn’t water get into the mixture?

  5. Maddy
    Maddy says:

    What should the temperature be to boil?
    What temperature when you cool to add ingredience?

  6. Madeline
    Madeline says:

    The temperature should reach 180 degrees and when cooling 115 -100 degrees when adding starter liquids.
    Hope this helps .

  7. Kimflo
    Kimflo says:

    These are horrile instructions! It must get to 180 F, then you cool it to about 110 before adding the starter. Why not give the IP instructions..

  8. Bayne33
    Bayne33 says:

    I really dont see the point of calling this a yogurt recipe when you add vanilla yogurt to milk? That seems kind of pointless than to just go out and buy yogurt…lol unless im missing something this is useless.

  9. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Bayne33,

    The yogurt is used for the bacteria to culture the milk to make yogurt. If you do not add a type of yogurt starter, you will not be able to make yogurt.

  10. hwya
    hwya says:

    i don’t know keep warm for 15 min and unplug let the pressure cooker stand 10 hours ~ that means don’t need plug .
    i am fail

  11. Questions
    Questions says:

    According to these direction, 5 cups of water are put into the Instant Pot and then the lid is closed? I am confused. How am I making yogurt if there is only water in the Instant Pot?

    It seems to me that several steps and points are missing from this recipe.

    I do not understand how this has such a high rating.

  12. Barbieogo
    Barbieogo says:

    Yummy. Added a little agave and vanill extract after it cooled. I prep them with a little fruit amd granola.

  13. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    “Manual” Program is not used in this recipe. Manual and Pressure Cook are the same program just renamed.

  14. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi akcarley,

    This recipe calls for using 4 heat proof cups which are placed in the inner pot filled with 5 cups of water.

  15. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    The recipe is written correctly and it has been updated, if your seeing the previous versions your app may not have updated and it is best to reinstall.

    it is for making yogurt in the Lux without a yogurt program. It also makes the yogurt in 4 separate heat proof containers called cups in the recipe. You do not mix the milk with the water. The water is only used to maintain and distribute the heat to surround the 4 heat proof containers. The image shows what the author used to make the yogurt in.

  16. franceswartnaby
    franceswartnaby says:

    I make yogurt all the time and still find this recipe confusing and just plain wrong! NEVER put water in with yogurt unless you want a very runny mess!

  17. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi franceswartnaby,

    The water isn’t mixed in with the yogurt. The yogurt mixture is poured into 4 individual heatproof cups and then placed into the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. The water is used to maintain the heat.

  18. Aclark14
    Aclark14 says:

    I dont understand why you would use yogurt to make yogurt. Isn’t there a recipe to actually make it from stratch?

  19. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    This recipe makes it from scratch. The yogurt is used as a starter and is easy to find unlike yogurt starter.

    It is used for the bacteria in it to make yogurt.

  20. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Yes and it has to have live active cultures. You need yogurt making bacteria.

  21. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    The actual cooking time is short to heat up the mixture. The rest is passive time waiting for the yogurt to culture

  22. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    You have to use a measuring cup if your inner pot doesn’t have the markings mentioned.

  23. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Depends on the size of the cups and you do not want the water getting into the mixture. You may have to use a steam rack but you want the water surrounding the cups. the large amount of water is used to maintain and hold the heat over 10 hours

  24. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    This is a great recipe is for the lux which doesn’t have a yogurt program. This is standard yogurt making practice to first pasteurize then let it cool to not kill the bacteria you will be adding in. We recommend learning about yogurt making before attempting to ensure you are successful.

  25. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    You do not add the water to the milk mixture. You place heat proof cups containing the milk mixture into the water. The cups should be sitting in the instant pot wit water surrounding them but not entering them.

  26. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    In the Instant Pot , add 5 cups water. Place the 4 heat proof cups into the inner pot. Then close the lid and choose “Keep Warm” function for 15 minutes.

  27. Dbreese
    Dbreese says:

    Probably a dumb question, but I’m new!

    Is it ok for the milk to curdle when boiling it? Has done it twice now. I am using whole milk.

  28. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Dbreese,

    This recipe is if you have our lux model. If you have any other models we have an easier recipe.

    It shouldn’t curdle or boil. The recipe needs a thermometer to ensure you heat up to and not over 180 F.

    Curdling happens when heating milk too quickly, even if it never comes to a boil, can also curdle it. Instead, heat the milk gently over medium or low heat.

  29. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    We have an easier recipe if you have a yogurt button. This is a work around recipe for those who only have the Lux model.

    Look up cold start as it is the easiest way to make yogurt.

  30. Cindybrumfield
    Cindybrumfield says:

    This Is NOT a paleo recipe!!!!! Be careful if you’re new to the Paleo diet just because it says paleo doesn’t mean it really is!!!

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