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Childhood Nutrition,  Gut Health

Raw Milk Yogurt in an Instant Pot: 2 Easy Ingredients

If you have jumped on the raw milk train and are loving the bioavailable vitamins and minerals than making this 2 ingredient yogurt in your instant pot is a must! It is so effortless for such a nutrient dense and delicious snack. I hope you enjoy!

One of the downsides to raw milk is how short the shelf life is. We can make ours last for about a week but after that the milk takes on a sour taste so we decided to get creative!

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What Do I Need for Instant Pot Yogurt

Do your gut health a huge favor and think about making this yogurt for yourself. Here are all of the things you will need.

  • An Instant Pot
  • 1/2 gallon of raw milk
  • 2 tbsp cultured greek yogurt
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk **optional**

Can I use pasteurized milk?

Yes! You can use pasteurized milk and even ultra pasteurized milk but your yogurt might be a little more runny. It will also be harder to digest since pasteurizing milk kills lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose. Also 99.9% of the bacteria is boiled off (which you need to culture) and this will make the process a little harder.

Is Raw Milk Safe?

bottle of raw milk and glass of raw milk sitting on a table with a dairy cow in the background

To answer this question you need to know where your raw milk is coming from. If it is coming from clean, healthy, grass fed farms, then yes! It will be full of absorbable vitamin A D & K, phosphorus, zinc, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and omega-3 fatty acids, plus many beneficial enzymes and probiotics. The good bacteria that is in healthy cow milk helps balance the other bacteria.

If it is coming from a traditional filthy dairy facility NO. Those poor cows are forced to produce way more milk than they are supposed to which makes them prone to mastitis (ouch) which leads to infections and pus… which leads to antibiotics. If you drank raw milk from those facilities you would be horrified.

For more about raw milk read the research done by the Weston A. Price Foundation.

How Long Will My Yogurt Last In My Fridge?

If you only use clean utensils to scoop it out and keep it refrigerated your homemade yogurt could last up to 10 days in your fridge (if it makes it that long)!

Just be mindful of adding extra bacteria to your yogurt aka- dirty toddler fingers that tend to want to swirl around in it when I am not looking.

Do I Need to Boil My Raw Milk Before I Make My Yogurt?

No! If it makes you feel better, by all means, boil away. But when you do this you will be killing off a lot of the nutrients and making your yogurt less nutritious.

How do I Make My Yogurt Thicker?

If you are finding your yogurt to be more runny than you would like there are a few different things you can do.

  1. Use a less or better yet non pasteurized milk
  2. Add a tbsp or two of gelatin
  3. Use a cheesecloth strainer to strain out the whey (don’t waste the way- click here to find a use for yours)
  4. If you choose to heat your milk, heat it for longer, 160-180 for about 20-30 minutes

Ready to Make Your Homemade Raw Milk Yogurt in Your Instant Pot?

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 gallon raw milk
  2. 2 tbsp cultured plain greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Make sure you clean out your instant pot well. This is where sterility is a good thing.
  2. add 2 tbsp of a good cultured plain greek yogurt like this one to your clean instant pot.
  3. pour in a cup of milk to the instant pot and whisk together until there are little lumps
  4. add the rest of the milk
  5. cover with a glass instant pot lid like this one or just use a large plate
  6. hit the yogurt button and let it slowly cook
  7. when it finishes cooking move it to the fridge to cool off
  8. Enjoy!

If you want a thicker yogurt, separate the yogurt from the liquid whey. You can do this by using a cheese-cloth and straining your yogurt.

If you want a sweeter version add a can of sweetened condensed milk to the 4th step.

I like to add fresh fruit, local honey, toasted coconut flakes and cocoa nibs to my yogurt!

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Instant Pot Raw Milk Yogurt: 2 Ingredients

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 hours
Total Time: 11 hours 5 minutes

Deliciously tangy and creamy yogurt made in the instant pot

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon raw milk
  • 2 tbsp cultured plain greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Make sure you clean out your instant pot well. This is where sterility is a good thing.
  2. add 2 tbsp of a good cultured plain greek yogurt like this one to your clean instant pot.
  3. pour in a cup of milk to the instant pot and whisk together until there are little lumps
  4. add the rest of the milk
  5. cover with a lid like this one or just use a large plate
  6. hit the yogurt button and let it slowly cook
  7. when it finishes cooking move it to the fridge to cool off
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Tips

  • If you want a thicker yogurt, separate the yogurt from the liquid whey. You can do this by using a cheese-cloth and straining your yogurt.
  • If you want a sweeter version add a can of sweetened condensed milk to the 4th step.
  • I like to add fresh fruit, local honey, toasted coconut flakes and cocoa nibs to my yogurt!
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 8gCarbohydrates: 11g

    I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as us! Drop any questions and add advice for others starting their yogurt endeavors.

    Hello, I’m Meg Thompson, a wife, mother, and nutrition counselor who is passionate about equipping families in their health journey through practical and simple ways. Healthy living is so important! So let's not making it harder then it has to be. Join me as I share helpful and convenient ways to improve yours and your children's diets!

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