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Instant Pot Greek Vanilla Yogurt

I absolutely love Wallaby Greek Vanilla Bean Yogurt! It is the best tasting yogurt ever. But it is super expensive at $7.49 quart! No other store bought brands are as good. So I recently started making my own yogurt at home and came up with a similar enough yogurt that I no longer have the urge to buy it!

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Instant Pot Greek Vanilla Yogurt

Creamy Greek Vanilla Yogurt. Makes approximately 3 quarts of yogurt plus 1/2 gallon whey, depending on how long you strain it.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Greek Yogurt, Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Equipment

  • Instant Pot with Yogurt Feature
  • Oversize mixing bowl
  • Mesh strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Silcone scraper
  • Small bowl to use to level strainer in straining process. You may not need this.
  • Thermometer

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon milk I use raw, but you can use any
  • 1/2 cup plain storebought yogurt to use as starter Any type of plain yogurt with live cultures
  • 1/2 cup raw honey, or to taste
  • 1 tbl vanilla extract, or to taste

Instructions

  • Pour milk into inner pot of Instant Pot. Put on lid or plate.
  • Press Yogurt function until it reads "boil". It will heat milk to 180º. It will read "yogt" when done.
  • Remove inner pot to a rack and allow milk to cool to 104º. This may take 1-2 hours. Add yogurt for starter and mix.
  • Put on lid (or plate) and press Yogurt button to set for 8 hrs (Reads 08:00 on pot) to culture.
  • Refridgerate 8 hours or overnight to cool & set.
  • Strain 8 hours to make Greek yogurt. I use an oversize mixing bowl, mesh strainer, a glass bowl inside to hold & level the mesh strainer and a cheesecloth.
  • Once strained add sweetener of choice and vanilla extract to taste. I needed to reserve some plain yogurt for other recipes so I used about 1/4 cup raw honey & 1/2 tablespoon per quart of yogurt I wanted flavored.
Instant Pot w/Milk
lid on instant pot for boil & culture
pot reads boil to heat milk
pot reads yogt when done boiling
yogurt ready to be strained
yogurt after straining
strainer over small bowl in large bowl
pulling cheesecloth away from strained yogurt
adding honey & vanilla extract to yogurt
quarts of finished yogurt

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