foolproof instant pot greek yogurt skim milk lactose free recipe
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Foolproof Instant Pot Cold Method Greek Yogurt | Lactose Free 0% 2% 3.5%

This homemade Instant Pot greek yogurt recipe is so good and so easy, you’ll never want store-bought again.

Not only is this recipe for my Instant Pot Greek Yogurt is super easy and practically hands-off, it’s basically everything you never knew you needed!

foolproof instant pot greek yogurt skim milk lactose free recipe

I use greek yogurt in loads of different recipes including overnight oats, naan bread and smoothies.

My daughter Everly loves it.

So I was thrilled when I realized that not only does my Instant Pot have a yogurt setting, but that its a super simple process that can be customized to your own tastes. I’m going to use the cold method here (more on that shortly) and I’m choosing skim milk which has less sugar and is fat-free. 

This recipe can even be used to make Instant Pot lactose free yogurt!

foolproof instant pot greek yogurt skim milk lactose free recipe

INSTANT POT COLD METHOD GREEK YOGURT


There are two different ways to make yogurt with your Instant Pot.

One involves boiling the milk and then regulating the temperature. The other is kind of a ‘set it and forget it’ kinda recipe and you know that’s what I’m all about!

This is commonly referred to as the cold method or no boil method, and there are some very important factors involved in order to have your yogurt turn out.

Firstly, you need to choose a lactose-free, ultrafiltered or ultra-pasteurized milk.

This is the most important step in the whole recipe, and a make or break situation.

In Canada, we can get Fairlife and Natrel, which are both lactose-free, ultrafiltered milk that comes in a variety of percentages. I’ve used both, and found no difference between them, other than the Fairlife bottle measures to exactly the amount needed for the recipe which is handy dandy!

*FUN FACT* Because the filtration process, this type of milk is higher calcium and protein and lower in sugar! 

foolproof instant pot greek yogurt skim milk lactose free recipe

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • An Instant Pot that has the Yogurt Setting like this 6Qrt or 8 Qrt
  • YOGURT STARTER*: This is just a 2 tbsp of your favourite greek yogurt. It’s extremely important to choose one that states it has active bacterial cultures in the ingredients. I’ve used Oikos, Olympic, Liberte and they’ve all worked fantastic. Choose a yogurt you already like the taste of. Once you make your own, you can use it as your starter!
  • Ultra-Filtered/Pasteurized lactose-free Milk of choice – I chose Fairlife Skim for this recipe but have used 2% and 3% previously.
  • A method to strain the yogurt in order to make it a rich, thick greek yogurt texture. You can use a strainer like this, I have the Euro Cuisine Yogurt Strainer one, or even a nut milking bag but choose something that can hold a decent capacity and can fit over a bowl to catch the excess whey!
  • OPTIONAL: sweetener such as sweetened condensed milk (this can be skipped if you prefer your yogurt with no sweetness or like to sweeten per tastes).
  • NOTE: using sweetened condensed milk does have lactose in it.

*For all future yogurt making you can freeze the yogurt you used in ice cube trays to use as future starters, or you can freeze some of the yogurt you make to use as the starter. Two ice cubes worth of frozen yogurt starter is perfect for the next pot (bring to room temp first)

HOW TO MAKE GREEK YOGURT IN YOUR INSTANT POT

The basics of Instant Pot Yogurt are so simple: Milk, starter and set it.

I prefer mine to go for 8 hours and 30 minutes for the perfect tangy treat, but you can generally set it for a minimum of 8 hours and a max of 10 should you like. I find the 8 hours and 30 minutes has a good tang (and I do like sour things!) so feel free to experiment!

Simply mix your starter, the milk and the sweetener if using and give it a good wisk to make sure it’s all completely incorporated.

Making a Half Recipe of Instant Pot Greek Yogurt

Halving this recipe is no problem, I’ve done it loads of times! I simply use the same amount of starter, but half the milk/sweetener. Easy!

Instant Pot greek yogurt recipe lactose free no boil cold method

Sweetened Instant Pot Yogurt

If you like yogurt sweetened like me, then this is where the sweetened condensed milk comes in. I prefer half a tin for a full batch of yogurt as I like mine just lightly sweetened. Again, more experimenting for your own tastes, but you can always sweeten afterwards with honey or maple syrup, fruit jams etc.

*If lactose is a concern from you, then you will want to skip the sweetened condensed milk. Some people have luck with Natural Bliss Coffee Creamer to sweetened their yogurt, but it isn’t something I’ve tried. I would simply leave the sweetener out and sweeten to taste after the yogurt has set.

Instant Pot greek yogurt recipe lactose free no boil cold method

Set it and forget it

Using the Yogurt setting on your Instant Pot, set the timer for how long you want to let your yogurt “brew”; I prefer 8 hours and 30 minutes.

You will also need to make sure your Yogurt setting is set to “Normal” for this method.

Chill and Strain

After your time is up, your yogurt will be warm and need overnight to chill and finish setting. I strain at the same time using my Euro Cuisine Yogurt Strainer which is 100% worth it in my option, but you could also use a nut milking bag or many layers of cheesecloth.

When your Instant Pot timer first goes off, your yogurt should be set up enough that you can still a spoon in it and it will hold straight up and down.

Enjoy

I love this greek yogurt on its own, in homemade tzatziki (unsweetened of course) and with my Quinoa Granola Recipe on top with some dried fruit. It’s also amazing in smoothies, yogurt popsicles, in baking and don’t forget to freeze in ice cups to carry forward some of your yogurt to be used as a starter!

foolproof instant pot greek yogurt skim milk lactose free recipe
Yield: 8

Foolproof Instant Pot Greek Yogurt | Lactose Free 0%

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 16 hours 35 minutes

Super rich, tangy, lactose free and low fat Gree Yogurt you can make in your Instant Pot.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • 52oz of Ultrafiltered Milk
  • 1/2 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wisk yogurt and milk together in the Instant Pot liner.
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk if choosing to sweeten. 1/2 can will just barely sweetened while still being plenty tangy. Choose as much or as little as you like.
  3. Close Instant Pot lid (no need to seal because it will not be coming to pressure. Choose YOGURT setting and make sure it is on NORMAL.
  4. Set time between 8-9 hours. 8 for less tangy, 9 for lots of tang. I choose 8.5 for balance.
  5. Go to bed, and wake up with yogurt ready to chill!
  6. When the timer goes off, you can either transfer the Instant Pot liner directly to the fridge for regular creamy yogurt and let chill for 8 hours OR
  7. Transfer the yogurt into your straining device of choice and chill in the fridge while straining.

Notes

I like to set my Instant Pot before bed, and then put in the strainer in the morning and have it chill through the day. The strainer only needs about 4-5 hours to strain enough whey out to be greek style yogurt, and then you can transfer into the storage of your choice ( I use mason jars) and store up to 10 days (trust me, it won't last that long!)

I promise once you make your own Instant Pot Greek Yogurt, it you’ll never want to go back! It’s rich, creamy and thick and sure to be a family favourite.

foolproof instant pot greek yogurt skim milk lactose free recipe

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14 Comments

  1. This is amazing! Thank you so much. Had some questions though: Will adding vanilla extract harm the bacteria in the yogurt? Will honey?

    1. You would need to add those after its done in the Instant Pot, otherwise yet. I would flavour each portion as you choose to eat it.

  2. I made your recipe, but something happened! When I put it in the strainer, I immediately lost half of it to the bottom. I used Neilson lactose free 2% milk. Was it the milk I used?

    Thank you!

    1. You have to make sure it is ultra pasteurized, not just lactose free.
      Natrel and Fairlife make great ones!

  3. I made half the recipe but it didn’t thicken enough for a spoon to stand up. Is this still good? Is there something else I should do?

    1. I find that can be dependant on a few things: The brand and percentage of milk (I always get the best results with 2 or 3.25%), how fresh the starter is (ie you get better results with starter yogurt that was just opened, or frozen right after opening vs one that has beenopen in your fridge for 2 wees) and how much yogurt starter (I use the same amount regardless if I half the recipe of not). Either way, if you strain your yogurt, should should get the same rich creamy greek yogurt style even if a spoon doesn’t stand up!

      1. I ended up adding another TB of starter & brewed it another 30 mins. (Total of 9 hrs) then put it in a strainer in the fridge, turned out great!! Now I know to use 2TB starter.
        Thanks!

  4. This was easy to make. I froze some in 8 oz jars but it turned out runny & lumpy. I used 2% Fairlife. Is it possible to make 1/2 a recipe since it’s just me who is eating it.

    1. Yes you can absolutely half it – I do all the time.
      I wouldn’t suggest freezing to eat, but you can freeze portions to use as starter for your next batch!

  5. This yogurt was so excellent and easy to make. I make it at least once a week. Thanks for such a perfect technique.

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