I have a hoarding problem when it comes to disposable containers. There is just something in my soul that won’t let me put a perfectly good (potentially reusable) container into the recycling bin. My cupboards are lined with glass jars that once contained jelly, salsa, and spaghetti sauce. But, the biggest culprits are those 2lb plastic yogurt containers. My youngest child eats yogurt every day, so you can imagine how many of those containers were starting to pile up. It was even beginning to affect my family’s sanity due to the daily guessing game they had to go through to disseminate between what were leftovers and what was actual yogurt. I had to make a change.
I did a quick search on how to make yogurt in an Instant Pot. I’ve seen IP models that have an actual yogurt button (mine does not), so I figured it couldn’t be too hard. Well, let me tell you, it was the freaking easiest thing I’ve made in a long time, and I can’t believe that I have been buying yogurt for so long!
I followed a recipe by Melissa Vicinanza-Kuczera over at the Sparkles to Sprinkles blog. She provides easy, thorough directions, but make sure you follow her temperature guidelines exactly because some commenters mentioned their yogurt not setting up.
A half-gallon of organic whole milk, four tablespoons of organic, plain whole milk yogurt, and hours later, I had yogurt! Make sure you start the process early in the day because it does take time for the milk to cool, not to mention the culturing time. I used four tablespoons of yogurt, but next time, I’ll add five tablespoons because my family likes a thicker yogurt than what I ended up with, which is somewhat comparable in texture to Trader Joe’s European Style yogurt. Also, she mentions using an Instant Pot towel — I just used a folded table cloth draped over the IP instead.
The yield for Vicinanza-Kuczera’s recipe is four pounds of yogurt. I bought a gallon of organic milk on sale for $4.99 and already had an existing container of yogurt, so it worked out to be $1.25 per 2lb yogurt container. I usually buy a yogurt container this size on sale for around $3.50. The result? You get lots of amazing homemade yogurt, you help the environment by creating less waste, and you save money. Wins all around! Happy eating!