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Since we have milk again, in case you missed it this happened, twice 🙂 so,
as I was saying we have milk again, and I have been wanting to try yogurt in the Instant Pot, so this seemed a good time. I like to do things as easy as I can get away with, so I started with this method and it turned out great, no I didn’t actually mean great I meant SUPER GREAT! Tastes like mild cream cheese. I put 1 gallon cold raw milk in the Instant Pot, put the lid on, push yogurt then adjust till is says boil. Let it boil. Since this is not a pressure process you can remove the lid and whisk every once in a while so it heats evenly. When it is done you should check the temp. You want 180-185. Since I didn’t have the right thermometer I assumed it was right. It worked this time but just in case I went ahead and ordered this one.
Then you take the inner pot out and set it on a cooling rack or trivet and let cool for about 30 mins, again you should take it’s temp, but again I assumed we were ok. It can be a bit cool but it cannot be too warm. If there is a skin remove it and feed to the kitty. Then I took about 1 measuring cup of Kroger brand lowfat plain greek yogurt and put in a mixing bowl with about 1 -2 cups of the boiled milk. Stir this well then add it all back to the pot of warm milk. Stir it all, then put the lid on and push the yogurt button. you want it set for 8 hours. Then walk away. Come back later and remove the whole inner pot again and let cool. Resist the temptation to stir. Put in the fridge and let cool till cold. Then take some cheese cloth or some sort of straining cloth and put it in a large colander or pasta strainer. Put that in a larger bowl. Then pour the yogurt mixture in the cloth lined colander so that the liquid can drain into the larger bowl under it. I put mine back in the fridge and just let it drain for about 4 hours. Then place that ever so yummy glob of goodness in a container and store in fridge, until you figure out what you want to use it for. Or just grab a spoon and eat plain. It is that good.
If I had any idea how well this would have turned out, I would have taken pictures and been more precise. But I thought I was experimenting. My experiment was a huge success. Yogurt making is very scientific if you want consistent results. But it is equally fun to experiment. So here you go. Try it and tell me how yours turns out.