Instant Pot Ultrafiltered Yogurt (Cold Start Method)

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Super Easy No Fuss Foolproof Shortcut to make Instant Pot Yogurt in 3 Steps! Instant Pot Ultra Filtered Yogurt or Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt (No Boil Yogurt) Method makes Thick & Creamy Smooth Homemade Yogurt. A healthy breakfast or snack.

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One of the most amazing features of the Instant Pot Multicooker is how easy you can make Homemade Yogurt!

It’s always exciting to hear how readers from around the world have successfully made Instant Pot Yogurt using the traditional boiling method. 🙂

But wait!! Did you know there’s an even easier shortcut to making homemade yogurt in Instant Pot?!

Behold the Instant Pot Cold Start (No Boil) Method.

Super Easy . No Fuss . Foolproof

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3 Easy Steps to Make Instant Pot Yogurt:

  1. Heat Milk to 180°F – 200°F
  2. Cool Milk to 105°F – 114°F
  3. Add Yogurt Starter to Ultrafiltered Milk
  4. Incubate Yogurt – wait for it to set
  5. Refrigerate & Strain Yogurt if desired

With the Cold Start or No Boil Method, you can simply eliminate Step #1 & Step #2 from the traditional yogurt making method!! ohhh yesss!!! 😀

The only requirement is using Ultra-filtered Milk.

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Foolproof Tips for Instant Pot Ultrafiltered Yogurt

1. Use Only Ultra-Filtered Milk

Ultrafiltered Milk (UF milk) aka diafiltered milk is regular milk that has been processed through an ultra-filtration process.

This filtration process creates a type of milk that has more Protein, more Calcium, less Sugar, and lactose free compared to regular milk.

We are using Fairlife Ultrafiltered Milk to make this Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt or No Boil Yogurt.

*Critical Pro Tip: This cold start or no boil method will not work with regular milk.

Instant Pot Yogurt (Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt | Instant Pot No Boil Yogurt): Fairlife ultrafiltered whole milk

Use Whole Milk

The type of milk you use will determine the thickness and creaminess of your homemade yogurt.

After testing the Instant Pot Yogurt Recipe with 2% Milk, 3.25% Milk and 3.8% Milk, 3.8% Whole Milk with the highest milk fat content produced the thickest and creamiest homemade yogurt.

Since Fairlife currently offers Skim Milk, 2% Partly Skimmed Milk, and 3.25% Whole Milk, we’re using 3.25% Whole Milk to make this Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt. 😀

2. Yogurt Starter Must Have Active Bacterial Cultures

Beware that not all yogurt works as yogurt starters!!

It’s critical for you to check the ingredient list of the store-bought yogurt when you’re shopping for a yogurt starter. It must have active bacterial cultures for it to work as the yogurt starter.

A live culture usually contains at least 2 types of bacteria (L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus).

Instant Pot Yogurt Recipe: yogurt starter must have Active Bacterial Cultures

*Pro Tip: The homemade yogurt’s consistency and taste will vary depending on the type of bacteria cultures in the yogurt starter. Sometimes, it does make a big difference! So, choose the brand you like best for the most consistent result. However, keep in mind that you will get plain yogurt no matter what flavor or type of yogurt you use.

3. Incubation Time

Longer incubation time = Tangier yogurt

You can open the lid for a taste test once the yogurt is set (roughly 6:30 hours).

4. Do Not Disturb

Don’t disrupt the fermentation process by moving the Instant Pot or opening the lid. Wait until it is set (roughly 6:30 hours) before opening the lid.

5. Best Time to Start the Instant Pot Yogurt Process?

We like to start the process before we go to bed, so when we wake up, the fermentation process is done, and party’s over! ?

But if you don’t need your Instant Pot for cooking during the day, you can start anytime as long as it’s 10+ hours before you sleep. Or else you’ll either have to stay up late, wake up early, or end up with ultra tangy yogurt. ?

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Instant Pot Ultrafiltered Yogurt (Cold Start Method)

Super Easy No Fuss Foolproof Shortcut to making Instant Pot Yogurt: Instant Pot Ultra Filtered Yogurt or Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt (No Boil Yogurt)! Thick & Creamy Smooth Homemade Yogurt makes a healthy breakfast or snack.
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Incubation Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 L
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 2 litres (½ gallon) Fairlife ultra-filtered whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons (32g) yogurt with active bacterial cultures

Instructions

  • Optional Preparation – Sterilize Equipment: Place 2 cups cold water + trivet in Instant Pot. Place all yogurt making equipment - silicone spatula or whisk, Pyrex glass measuring cup, and measuring spoon in Instant Pot


    Close the lid and move the Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Sterilize at High Pressure (press Manual/Pressure Cook button) for 3 minutes + Natural Release. 

    After sterilizing the equipment, air dry them on a clean rack.
  • Prepare Yogurt Starter: Add 2 tbsp (32g) Yogurt (with active bacterial cultures) and 1 cup (250ml) ultrafiltered milk in Instant Pot inner pot. Use the whisk to mix well.
  • Make Instant Pot Ultrafiltered Yogurt: Pour 7 cups (1750ml) ultrafiltered milk in the inner pot. Use the whisk to mix well. Close lid (Venting Knob position doesn’t matter).

    Yogurt Incubation: Press the Yogurt Button & use the Yogurt Normal Function to incubate the yogurt. Adjust incubation time to 8:30 – 12:30 depending on how tangy you like your yogurt. You can open the lid for a taste test once the yogurt is set (roughly 6:30 hours).
    *Pro Tips:
    i) Longer incubation time = tangier yogurt
    ii) The timer will count up instead of count down when the incubating process begins
    iii) Don’t disrupt the fermentation process by moving the Instant Pot or opening the lid. Wait until yogurt is set (roughly 6:30 hours) before opening the lid.
  • Stop the Incubation Process: Once the yogurt has reached your desired tangy level, remove the inner pot of yogurt and place it in the fridge for a few hours to stop the incubation process. The yogurt will also thicken a little. Now (or before serving) is a good time to mix in flavorings.
  • Optional - Strain Yogurt: If you prefer a thicker yogurt, use a Yogurt Strainer to strain the yogurt.


    *Pro Tip: the longer you strain = the thicker the yogurt becomes.
    1 Hour – about 1.5 cup (375ml) of whey will separate from 2L of yogurt
    2 Hours – about 2.5 cups (625ml) of whey will separate from 2L of yogurt
    Overnight – about 4 cups (902ml) of whey will separate from 2L of yogurt. You will have a little over 1L of Greek yogurt after straining overnight.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: World
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Ultrafiltered Yogurt Guide

Only 2 ingredients to make this Instant Pot Ultrafiltered Yogurt 🙂

Instant Pot Yogurt (Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt | Instant Pot No Boil Yogurt) Recipe Ingredients

1

Optional Preparation – Equipment Sterilization


This is an optional step. We have done this recipe successfully with or without this step.

  • Place 2 cups of cold water and a trivet in Instant Pot.
  • Place all yogurt making equipment – silicone spatula or whisk, Pyrex glass measuring cup, and tablespoon measuring spoon in Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and move the Venting Knob to Sealing Position.
  • Sterilize everything at High Pressure (press Manual/Pressure Cook button) for 3 minutes + Natural Release.
  • After sterilizing the equipment, air dry them on a clean rack.

2

Prepare Yogurt Starter


Add 2 tbsp (32g) Yogurt with Active Bacterial Cultures and 1 cup (250ml) ultrafiltered milk in Instant Pot’s inner pot.

Use the whisk to mix well.

Instant Pot Yogurt (Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt | Instant Pot No Boil Yogurt): add yogurt and fairlife ultrafiltered milk in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

3

Make Instant Pot Ultrafiltered Yogurt


Pour 7 cups (1750ml) ultrafiltered milk in the inner pot. Use the whisk to mix well.

Instant Pot Yogurt (Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt | Instant Pot No Boil Yogurt): add fairlife ultrafiltered milk in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Close lid (Venting Knob position doesn’t matter).

Yogurt Incubation:

  • Instant Pot Function: Press the Yogurt Button & use the Yogurt Normal Function to incubate the yogurt.
  • Time: Adjust the time to 8:30 – 12:30 depending on how tangy you like your yogurt

You can open the lid for a taste test once the yogurt is set (roughly 6:30 hours).

Instant Pot Yogurt (Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt | Instant Pot No Boil Yogurt): set Instant Pot yogurt incubation settings

*Pro Tips:

  1. Longer incubating time = Tangier yogurt
  2. The timer will count up instead of count down when the incubating process begins.
  3. Don’t disrupt the fermentation process by moving the Instant Pot or opening the lid. Wait until it is set (roughly 6:30 hours) before opening the lid.

4

Stop the Incubating Process


Ta da!! Your Instant Pot Yogurt has successfully set!

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Once the yogurt has reached the desired tangy level, remove the inner pot of yogurt and place it in the fridge for a few hours to stop the incubating process. The yogurt will also thicken a little.

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Now (or before serving) is a good time to mix in whatever flavoring you want.

You’ve just made homemade yogurt in Instant Pot! How easy was that?! 😀

Give yourself a pat in the back & enjoy!~ 😉

5

Optional – Strain Yogurt


If you prefer a thicker yogurt, use a Yogurt Strainer to strain the yogurt (as shown in below photo).

*Pro Tip: the longer you strain = the thicker it becomes.

  • 1 Hour – about 1.5 cup (375ml) of whey was separated from 2L of yogurt by the strainer
  • 2 Hours – about 2.5 cups (625ml) of whey was separated from 2L of yogurt by the strainer
  • Overnight – about 4 cups (902ml) of whey was separated from 2L of yogurt by the strainer. You are pretty much left with a little over 1L of Greek yogurt after straining overnight.

Check out how Thick, Creamy, & Smooth the Instant Pot Yogurt becomes!!

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Enjoy your Instant Pot Ultrafiltered Yogurt!~ 🙂


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Rhonda Duncan
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Rhonda Duncan

Love the cold start recipe. I added sweetened condensed milk this time as I have family who prefer a sweeter yogurt. Fingers crossed.5 stars

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Rhonda Duncan
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Rhonda Duncan

It was absolutely delicious. I used the eagle brand in the bottle. Remained thick, passed the spoon test. I did it for 7 hrs.5 stars

Edy
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Edy

I made this yogurt last night for the first time and I am thoroughly impressed! I followed the directions then this morning I added puréed sweetened raspberries to the finished yogurt and when my family tasted it, they informed me that from now on they will only be eating my homemade yogurt. I look forward to trying out many other desserts in my instant pot.5 stars

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Kate
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Kate

I am a diabetic and so am concerned about carbs. Would I be right in thinking that the resulting yogurt would be half the carbs of regular plain yogurt as the fairlife is half the carbs of regular milk? Also , I see that Organic Valley has come out with an ultrafiltered milk. Have you tried this for an organic option?

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Cindy
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Cindy

Hi! Just curious why your recipe is 2L of Fairlife when one bottle is only 1.5L? Can I just use 1 bottle of Fairlife and cut the yogurt to 1Tbsp or still use 2 tbsp? Thx!

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Tiffany
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Tiffany

I have powdered yogurt starter. How much do I use? The brand is Yogourmet.

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Steve
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Steve

I’m on the fence with the sterilization step. Does everyone else do this or do you skip?

Thank you!

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Rhonda Duncan
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Rhonda Duncan

I’ve never performed it. Still living and breathing and making this fabulous yorgurt.

Sara
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Sara

Hi Jacky,

I have the instant pot “ LUX” and do not have a “ yogurt “ button. Do you have any suggestions on how I can make this yogurt without this function on my instant pot? I bought ultrafiltered milk as posted in your recipe but am not sure how to prepare the yogurt without this feature. Any ideas? Thank you !
Sara

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Diane Lathrop
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Diane Lathrop

I haven’t tried this method yet, but it looks amazing. One question- I always add 1/2 cup powdered milk when making my boil-method yogurt because I like how it adds thickness. Any reason I couldn’t add it to this method? TIA

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Judy
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Judy

When do you had the milk powder?

Diane Lathrop
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Diane Lathrop

Update: I”ve made 2 batches with the added powdered milk. Came out perfect!

Barbara
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Barbara

I’ve made this recipe several times but add 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream with the Fairlife Milk. I’ve only used Fage 5% Greek yogurt for starter. It absolutely doesn’t need straining! lol, I strained it once and it ended up the consistency of cream cheese. I’ve also added a tsp of vanilla, another time a tsp of almond extract. I’ve made this in both my 3qt and my 6qt Instant Pot with the same results. This recipe is awesome!5 stars

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Lisa
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Lisa

How do you do this in a 6 quart? Do you have a yogurt button? Mine doesn’t 🙁

Shannon
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Shannon

I’ve made this recipe twice now in individual jars. The first time for 8 hours and all 14 jars turned out perfectly. I made a batch today for 9 hours and only half the jars set. I used fairlife whole and Chobani as a starter. Any suggestions as to why half the batch didn’t set??

Shannon McKinney
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Shannon McKinney

Yes! That’s why I think it’s so crazy. I did it exactly the same way!

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