Is it easy to make yogurt in a pressure cooker?


Yogurt is one of my favorite healthy snacks. Did you know that it is so easy to make your own yogurt? It is also more cost-efficient và you’d be using less plastic compared lớn store-bought yogurt. In this post, I will show you how khổng lồ make yogurt at trang chủ with a thermal cooker.

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Recently, I bought a thermal cooker & it introduced a whole new way of cooking for me. If you’ve never heard of a thermal cooker before, read my article here. I experimented with making yogurt using a thermal cooker & I was really pleased that it was so simple và the yogurt turned out delicious và nicely tart.

There are 2 ways you can make yogurt with a thermal cooker. Depending on the kích thước of the thermal cooker model, you can cosplay to approximately 7 qts of yogurt if you heat the milk directly in the cooker’s inner pot. For small amount of yogurt, use jars. The number of jars you can fit inside your thermal cooker will also depend on the size and height of the thermal cooker và the jars.

The thermal cooker that I’m using for this easy homemade yogurt recipe is by Tiger and its capacity is 5.2 litres. You can easily fit two to three 500ml jars inside. Use smaller jars if you wish khổng lồ make many small jars of yogurt. Just stack them up.



To make a bigger batch of yogurt (2 L to around 4.5 L), heat up milk directly in the thermal cooker’s inner pot and place in the outer container lớn incubate.

Ingredients lớn Make Yogurt

The key ingredients khổng lồ make yogurt are always the same – milk và some plain yogurt with live cultures (eg:L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei). Live cultures are good bacteria that is beneficial to the health of our gut và is essential to make a yogurt starter.

Any type of milk can be used to lớn make yogurt – cow’s milk & goat’s milk are the most commonly used. I read that soy milk works too though I’ve yet lớn try it. I used both low fat milk và whole milk and I find that whole milk will produce a creamier yogurt. If you can’t tolerate dairy products, try coconut milk instead.

Different brands of commercial yogurt used for the yogurt culture will produce slightly different tasting yogurt. After using a few types of commercial yogurt brand as starters, you’ll be able lớn discern which one will produce the best tasting yogurt for you.

Equipment khổng lồ Make Yogurt in a Thermal Cooker

Pot (to heat up milk)Thermal Cooker (for incubation)Cooking Thermometer (Not a must but handy if you have one)Glass jars (Make sure they’re clean và dry)LadleWhisk

How to lớn Make Yogurt With a Thermal Cooker

Note: For food safety purposes, it is a good practice lớn sterilize all jars & equipment before making yogurt.


1. Heat up milk to lớn 80°C – 85°C (176-185°F) in a pot over medium heat. This is lớn change the milk proteins and allow it to lớn set and turn into yogurt. Stir the milk gently while it heats up so that the milk doesn’t get scorched at the bottom. Remove from heat once it reaches the required temperature.

2. Cool the milk to 45°C – 50°C (113-122°F). Stir occasionally to lớn prevent a skin from forming. If a skin forms, you can either stir it back in or remove it.

3. Phối yogurt starter with milk. Scoop out 4 tbsp of plain yogurt with live cultures into a bowl. địa chỉ 1 cup of the warmed milk and gently whisk until no lumps remain.

4. Showroom the starter khổng lồ the milk. Pour the mixture back into the pot of warm milk and stir lớn combine.

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5. Pour into clean and sterilized glass jars & transfer khổng lồ the inner pot. Cover the jars và inner pot with lids. Close the outer cover.

6. Incubate và wait. Leave the jars in the thermal cooker for 10-12 hours. I usually leave them in the cooker overnight. The longer it sits, the thicker & more tart the yogurt will become. Do not jostle or shake the pot so as not lớn disturb the fermentation process. Also, avoid opening the thermal cooker’s lid to lớn prevent rapid loss of heat.

7. Kiểm tra the yogurt. After 10 hours, the yogurt has set và thickened. You may notice some watery whey on top. Drain it off or stir it back into the yogurt. I lượt thích to stir it back in.

It is a good practice lớn label the bottles with the date it was made. Refrigerate & use the yogurt within a week. Remember to save a cup of the homemade yogurt for use as a starter yogurt for your next batch. Scoop it out into a small container after it has cooled & set và before it’s eaten to avoid contamination.

Why I Think a Thermal Cooker is the Best Yogurt Incubator


Tiger thermal cooker 5.2L

It is necessary to keep the milk & yogurt mixture in a warm place for the good bacteria to vị its job. There are many ways khổng lồ incubate yogurt. Some commonly used methods include using a yogurt maker, dehydrator, oven, crockpot, heating pad & towels, picnic cooler, etc.

Here’s why I love using my thermal cooker when making yogurt.

1. Savings in time và energy. It doesn’t use nor require any energy. Unlike using a crockpot or oven, I bởi not have to lớn pre-heat the cooker at all.

2. No fuss, no muss. There’s no need to place any hot water bottles nor use any towels khổng lồ wrap up the cooker. Just use it as it is.

3. Flexibility. You don’t have lớn fully fill the inner pot khổng lồ successfully incubate the yogurt. I’ve made yogurt in the thermal cooker before with just half a pot of yogurt.

If using glass jars, you don’t need lớn have many jars of warmed milk in the cooker in order khổng lồ have enough heat in the pot. In one of my experiments, I placed just one 500 ml jar of warmed milk & nothing else in the thermal cooker. I covered the lid & left it lớn incubate overnight. The next morning, the milk has turned into a creamy & delicious yogurt. Easy peasy.

4. Versatile cookware. When I bought my thermal cooker, it was mainly for making soups, stews and liquid based dishes. I was very pleased to discover that it can also be used to lớn make yogurt, chicken stock, cake, rice, etc.


Why Yogurt Is Good For You

It’s true what most people say about homemade yogurt. It is simply the best. Once you’ve made your own, you may never want khổng lồ return lớn commercially made yogurt. Homemade yogurt just tastes… different. Creamier. Tastier. Definitely better. The best part for me is the satisfaction of eating my own homemade yogurt. I’m also more inclined to eat yogurt if I made it myself. My kids love dressing up the yogurt with fruits, honey, granola and what-have-you. It’s simply delicious!

Not only that, yogurt is a really versatile food. There are many recipes with yogurt as an ingredient. Use it in dishes like curries, salad dressing, as a marinade, in baking & so many more.


Do you make your own yogurt? I would love lớn hear your questions & thoughts about this easy homemade yogurt recipe with a thermal cooker. If you’ve enjoyed this post, please tóm tắt it on your social media!