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Easy Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Resting Time: 8 hours
Servings: 16
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Deanna
With only 2 ingredients, you can make your own easy instant pot cold start yogurt right in your own home. Better tasting and less expensive than store bought yogurt!
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  • 2 Litres (1/2 Gallon) 2% Milk ultra pasturized or ultra filtered
  • 2 Tbsp Yogurt with active cultures


  • Pour 1 cup of milk into your clean, sterilized instant pot.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and whisk to combine
  • Add remaining milk and stir
  • Place the lid on the instant pot (you can use a glass or metal lid if you like) and press the yogurt button. It should read "normal". Set for 8 hours.
  • After the 8 hours are complete, remove the inner pot, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight to set.
  • After the yogurt is set you can transfer to airtight containers for storage.

To thicken your yogurt

  • If you want your yogurt thicker, you can strain it after it has been chilled.
  • Line a sieve with coffee filters and place over a large bowl.
  • Pour the yogurt into the lined strainer.
  • Allow to strain for a few hours, or until the yogurt is your desired consistency.
  • Transfer strained yogurt to airtight containers for storage.


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 169mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 1mg