How to Make Yogurt in an Instant Pot with No Yogurt Function

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Written by Bernie Carr

One of my most popular articles is about making yogurt in a slow cooker, so it’s one less item you need to buy.

I no longer have the slow cooker, because my daughter got me an Instant Pot last Christmas, and I don’t have room for both. According to 2019 statistics, at least 53 million people own an Instant Pot, so I thought now would be a good time to update the recipe.

Some Instant Pots have the yogurt program but my LUX model does not have it. But I found a recipe over at

For this recipe, I used whole milk and nonfat Greek plain yogurt, as that’s all that was left at the grocery store. I did make sure the yogurt listed it has active yogurt cultures.

What you’ll need

1/2 gallon of milk

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Instant Pot

measuring cup and spoon

cooking thermometer

Pour the milk into the Instant Pot. Cover and set it on the Warm setting. I then let it sit for 40 minutes on Warm.

Whisk the warm milk around. Then set the Instant Pot to Saute and wait until the temperature reaches 185 degrees. Use your cooking thermometer to make sure.

Take out the inner pot and let it sit on the counter until the temperature goes back down to 110. It took about 30 minutes for the milk temperature to go down to 110.

Add two tablespoons of plain yogurt to the milk and whisk to incorporate the yogurt into the milk.

Place the pot back into the Instant Pot and seal the lid. Make sure the vent is closed. You do not need to set the temperature – just let it sit there and cover with a towel. Leave it alone for eight hours or overnight.

I left mine alone for eight hours and 20 minutes.

When I checked it, I found the yogurt was ready – it had solidified and tasted exactly like plain yogurt. I then repackaged the yogurt into two mason jars and stored them in the refrigerator. The next day, the yogurt was firmer and perfect for eating.

I will be making yogurt in the Instant Pot from now on.

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About the author:

Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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