One of the major differences in the various models of the Instant Pot is that pesky yogurt feature. Do you really need that button?
Some people love making yogurt in their Instant Pot, but I will never be one of them. Here’s why.
1. Instant Pot Yogurt Versus Dinner Management
Honestly, I want to be able to incubate my homemade yogurt for 12 to 24 hours to get as much of the lactose sugars out as possible. I have a lot to think about already when it comes to feeding hungry mouths three times a day every day. (Remember, that’s one reason why I’m teaching my kids to cook so that we can all share responsibility!)
I just don’t feel like I have the bandwidth to consider whether my Instant Pot will be tied up making yogurt when I really want to use it for a quick healthy breakfast like Instant Pot steel cut oats or Instant Pot hard boiled eggs. I’d much rather tie up my picnic cooler, which does not get used nearly as often as my beloved electric pressure cooker.
2. I Have a Great Method to Make Easy Homemade Yogurt Already.
I’ve been singing the praises of this homemade yogurt making method for almost a decade now. It’s so easy, I could almost do it in my sleep, and I have done it in labor before!
My method makes no dishes other than the jars I store my yogurt in, takes about 15 minutes total in three 5-minute chunks, and doesn’t involve moving yogurt around which always seems to make a mess on my counter if I ever have to do it. I am simply not looking to add more dishes or processes to my life.
Call me set in my ways, and I will give you a high five. I am totally set on my jar-in-pot and pot-in-cooler method of making homemade yogurt. In fact, I’m about to assert some wicked peer pressure on you to do it too! Come on… Give it a try…
Where to find a Pressure Cooker
This is the 6-quart Instant Pot I started out with. After a few years, we added an 8-quart partly because I knew I would use two at the same time often enough, partly because it was the Prime Day sale, and also because I wanted more space for certain recipes. Both are a pretty basic model and you don’t need more bells and whistles than that!
If you’re deciding on size, most people say it’s better to get a deal on the 6-quart and just have 2 rather than go big, BUT if your family has 5 or more people or you really like to batch cook or do more than a pound of beans, the 8-quart may be the best choice. You can even get a carrying case to travel with it!
If you really want an old school pressure cooker for the stovetop, you can browse them at Amazon – this is the set that I got for our wedding so very long ago. Mine is actually a 7L size (which is over 7 qts) and the one included here is only a 6-quart.
The best thing about these is that they have a glass lid for normal cooking, and they are the two pots we use MOST of all in the last 14 years! So if you have no extra space, just replace a big pot with a pressure cooker and you only need to store the lid additionally. I admit I’m not sure I ever used the pressure function with the smaller pot, but I love both sizes for normal cooking.
If I had to do it over, I’d get this set because it has an 8-quart pot and a larger steamer basket that could also do pasta or potatoes. The members of our Kids Cook Real Food eCourse often ask about how to help kids heft a heavy pot of water to the sink to drain, and this is the best solution – pulling out a basket insert rather than lifting boiling liquids around.
3. Yogurt That Smells Like Ham
I know you might be saying, “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.” And I am being a bit hard-headed about not giving my poor Instant Pot a chance with yogurt.
That particular appliance managed the first two tasks well enough, but the one time I tried making homemade yogurt, not only was it runny, but it tasted like…ham. Just my luck that the last recipe I made in the unit was ham and beans! (That happens to be a family favorite staple, found in The Healthy Lunch Box, just not great in yogurt…)
I know the Instant Pot‘s stainless steel insert won’t absorb odors like the clay insert in question, but the sealing ring does. I do have an extra sealing ring for sweet recipes and keep it separate from my main savory ring, but I always forget to swap it out.
Make your Instant Pot work for you!
I won’t tell if your Instant Pot is still in its box, pinky swear. 😉
I left mine abandoned in the basement for almost a YEAR because I have a new-thing-instructions phobia, but now I have TWO Instant Pots and they’re both in constant use!
Turns out it’s so easy, a kid can do it — I’ll send you a quick video of my children unboxing and setting it up when you grab your FREE download mini eBook:
Get the Instant Pot Guidebook for FREE!
What’s in the Guidebook?
You’ll love the simplicity of your Instant Pot, and the free downloadable guidebook will help you:
- Adapt your own favorite recipes from the slow cooker
- Cook FROZEN ground beef
- Hard boil eggs perfectly
- Cook squash, steam veggies, and make applesauce in your IP
- Make dry beans in an hour and perfect rice without boiling over
- Steam veggies al dente and make Paleo cauli rice in minutes
- Cook a whole chicken and make FAST bone broth
Whether yours is still in the box or you’ve used it a little but want to know more about those techniques, or if you’re still pining for an IP on your wish list, I can’t wait to give you these simple baby steps to success!
My Final Decision
I’m just a fan of making easy homemade yogurt in other ways! Not in the Instant Pot.
I’m open to seeing other points of view though, so if you are a raving Instant Pot homemade yogurt fan, feel free to gush in the comments and we can try to convince one another of the errors of our ways.
As for me, I have some jars to put in a pot and a cooler to bring in from the garage. It’s homemade yogurt day!
My dear friend Wardee at Traditional Cooking School can do just about anything with her Instant Pot – cakes, bread, main dishes, veggies, even “stacking” multiple kinds of food at once!
She’s offering a free sourdough cornbread Instant Pot recipe!
This cornbread is delicious, nutritious, super easy to make, and it only needs 12 minutes of cook time.
Other Instant Pot Tutorials:
- What is a Pressure Cooker (basics for the rookie cook)
- How to Set up a New Instant Pot (VIDEO)
- Pros and Cons of the Instant Pot
- How to Use the Instant Pot in a Hotel Room (save $$$ on dinner out!)
- 10 Basic Techniques for your Instant Pot
- How to Make Squash in the Instant Pot
- How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in the Instant Pot FAST
- Instructions to Convert Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Recipes to the Instant Pot (& favorite slow cooker recipes to make in the IP!)
- How to Pressure Cook Dry Beans (even without soaking!)
- Is a Pressure Cooker Still Healthy and Safe?
Other Instant Pot Recipes:
- Paleo & Whole30 BBQ Chicken – used thighs, so frugal!
- Gluten-free Chipotle Beef (chuck roast or stew beef)
- Instant Pot BBQ Beef
- Quick Cauliflower Rice in the Instant Pot (2 flavors)
- Instant Pot Quick Turmeric Rice Recipe
- Easy Mashed Potatoes (no drain!) in the Instant Pot
- Pressure Cooker Mexican Lentils and Rice (chicken or vegetarian)
- Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs (AIP & GAPS)
- Instant Pot Country Style Boneless Pork Ribs (that just fall apart!)
- Budget-Friendly Instant Pot Chipotle Beef
- Fast Smoky Mexican Chicken Soup
- Curried Lemon Coconut Chicken
- Italian Lentil One-pot Dinner
- Apple Cranberry Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Easy Instant Pot One Pot Meals – that any beginner can make!
- Black-Eyed Pea and Beet Greens Soup
- Gluten-free Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
- Instant Pot Cherry Compote (and 10 Instant Pot Desserts)