My family eats so much yogurt! I never considered making my own yogurt until I realized I could make large batches and that it’s actually healthier for you than store bought… not to mention a lot cheaper!!
Who knew, right?
Homemade yogurt’s fermentation process is much longer than store bought yogurt. If the fermentation process is too short, than probiotic cultures cannot become properly established or grow. Read more about that HERE.
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Now, why is that important?
Studies show that 80% of our immune system is in our Gut and Digestive Tract. Because we haven’t properly taken care of our gut, many underlying illnesses arise and our immune system is weakened…. making it much harder to stay healthy.
So, what does yogurt have to do with a healthy gut?
Again, fantastic question!
Yogurt is loaded with probiotics. Probiotics are live (good) bacteria that are excellent for keeping your digestive tract healthy and working properly.
Dr. Axe has some great insight to the health benefits of Probiotics. Here’s an excerpt from his SITE:
“Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are actually 10 times
Your skin and digestive system by themselves host about 2,000 different types of bacteria. Probiotics benefits have been proven effective in supporting immune function and healthy digestion, as well as beautiful skin…
If you don’t have enough probiotics, the side effects can include digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune disease, and frequent colds and flus.
Historically, we had plenty of probiotics in our diets from eating fresh foods from good soil and by fermenting our foods to keep them from spoiling…
By adding more probiotic foods into your diet, you could see all of the following probiotics benefits:
- Stronger immune system
- Improved digestion
- Increased energy from production of vitamin B12
- Better breath because probiotics destroy candida
- Healthier skin, since probiotics naturally treat eczema and psoriasis
- Reduced cold and flu
- Healing from leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease
- Weight loss”
So, that’s a really good reason to always have yogurt on hand.
Instant Pot: A Maid in the Kitchen
…at least, I consider my Instant pot my maid. 🙂 Do you have one of these? It’s amazing! Yogurt is only one of many things this contraption can do! It’s literally a 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer.
Need I say more?
I am a very lazy cook.
I”ll be honest, I don’t enjoy cooking very much. I’m really not that creative and even if I did enjoy it, trying to cook with three kiddos under 3 isn’t easy.
So, having a contraption that makes cooking easier, faster, and healthier was the best $99 I’ve ever spent! If you don’t already have one, you can buy one on Amazon….today….Here’s the link: Maid In Your Kitchen (Instant Pot) 🙂
Let’s Make Some Yogurt!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Instant Pot
- 1/2 Gallon of Whole Milk
- Plain Yogurt (small, single-serve, carton…it doesn’t have to be as big as the one in the picture)
- Make sure yogurt container says “Contains Live Active Cultures” on the side.
- Food Thermometer
Cleaning Instant Pot
Step 1: Make sure Instant Pot and rubber rim is properly cleaned.
- Add 1 Cup water to instant pot
- Put lid on “Seal”
- Push Manual and set timer for 2 minutes
- When done, VENT, and pour out water
Step 2: Add 1/2 Gallon of Whole Milk to Instant Pot
- Seal Lid
- Push Yogurt Button
- Then push Adjust Button (The word boil will show on screen)…. it will beep in about 20 minutes.
- Instant Pot will beep when it boils
- Remove lid (Careful, it’s hot!)
Cool: 115 degrees
Step 5: With lid off, let cool for about 1 hour. The Temperature should be about 110 or 115 degrees.
Adding Yogurt Cultures
- Place 2 or 3 Tablespoons of yogurt in bowl.
- You don’t need that large carton like I have in the picture …. you can buy one of the small, single serve cartons at Walmart. Just make sure it’s Plain and says ‘contains live active cultures’.
- Pour a scoop of milk from instant pot into yogurt bowl… and stir until smooth.
Step 7: Pour (culture mixture) in Instant Pot and stir
Seal lid and Push “Yogurt Button“
- It will beep after about 5 seconds and it will start counting UP (you will see 0:00 when it starts)
- Wait 8 hours and you’ll have a delicious batch of yogurt!
You did it!!!!! You just made homemade yogurt!!! Congratulations!!
- Put your homemade yogurt in a container and toss it in the fridge. Enjoy!
But wait, it gets even better ….
Do you want to make THICK Greek Yogurt? (This step is completely optional, but it’s super easy and I love Greek yogurt)
You will need:
- A Pot
- Any wide Strainer
- Coffee Filters (2 or 3)
Place Coffee Filters in Strainer
- Coffee filters act as fine mesh strainer so you retain more yogurt.
Place Strainer in pot
Pour Yogurt (From Instant Pot) into Strainer
Cover and let yogurt sit for several hours in Fridge
- That watery stuff in the yogurt is called Whey..
- Let the yogurt sit for hours so that a lot of that Whey drains to the bottom of the pot.
- After a couple of hours, place yogurt in a container for the fridge. You can pour the Whey out or use it for other things. Whey has lots of health benefits too, but that is for another article!
Look how beautiful and thick that is?!?! Awesome Job!
That’s making yogurt the Lazy Way, Folks!! Congratulations!!
- Maple Syrup
- Essential Oils
Want to make more?
Set aside 3 Tablespoons of your homemade yogurt so you can make another batch of yogurt next week.
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