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Homemade Strawberry Yogurt! ~Instant pot~

My kid's favorite thing in the fridge is homemade yogurt. We make it with raw milk (we own a family milking cow), homemade jam and raw honey for sweetening. I love making yogurt because it is one of the few dairy products that uses the whole gallon of milk. No left over whey to dispose of.



Let's get straight to the recipe and directions....


Ingredients

-Instant pot with a yogurt setting

-1 gallon of raw milk (you can use store bought milk, just not ultra-pasturized)

-4 tablespoons of Unsweetened plain yogurt with "active cultures" written somewhere on the container.

-Honey (we use raw unfiltered, you can also sweeten with maple syrup)

-Strawberry jam/preserves (We use our homemade preserves, you can use whatever flavor jam you want!)


This recipe yielded 15 of these little drinkable containers.


Instructions-

  1. Clean and sanitize your instant pot really well. Dairy products NEED clean areas. Then dump your milk into the instant pot. (You can easily make just half a gallon of yogurt by cutting the milk and yogurt ingredients in half)

  2. Place the lid on the instant pot and press the yogurt button until it reads "boil".

  3. Once the instant pot beeps and is done the boil stage, remove the bowl from the instant pot and place into a bowl or sink with ice water. You want to lower the temperature of your milk to 108-115 degrees. You can replace the ice water half way through to move this process along quicker but keep an eye on the temp!

  4. Once the milk has reached the preferred temperature, skim the milk film off the top. This will help your yogurt have a good consistency.

  5. Whisk in the 4 tablespoons of active culture yogurt and place the inner instant pot bowl back in to the instant pot.

  6. Push the yogurt button until it reads "8:00" or 8 hours. Let the instant pot do it's magic!

  7. Once done, I like to put the whole bowl right in the fridge over night to chill. Then I take it out in the morning and put it into desired containers, adding 1.5 tablespoons to each container and a generous squirt of honey. Add these ingredients to your preference in taste.


Before running through the funnel and into containers.


After running through a thin funnel!


That's it! Can you believe how easy that was? Before you flavor all of your yogurt be sure to scoop out 4 tablespoons of it and store in the freezer for your next batch so that you don't have to keep buying it at the store. Homemade yogurt naturally has lots of active cultures in it so not only can you use your homemade yogurt to make more, but it's extremely good for your digestive system!


Enjoy, and until next time.... happy homesteading!


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