Making a homemade yogurt at home is made super easy with this recipe. Learn how to make your own Ninja Foodi yogurt with only 2 ingredients.
Homemade yogurt is incredibly beneficial for so many reasons. It provides great nutritious bacteria, it’s good for the waistline, and for the pocketbook.
And making your own homemade food from scratch is ultra satisfying!
How to make homemade yogurt
This process is incredibly simple using the Ninja Foodi if you follow specific steps. And don’t worry, it is super easy to do!
But, I did want to share that as easy as this process is, I completely failed at my first time making it.
So, I’m sharing a few tips and tricks to make sure that you have success with your first batch.
Here’s what you’ll need
- 1/2 gallon of whole milk (I used organic whole milk)
- yogurt starter
There are several starter options to choose from, including Vegan if you’d prefer.
After this initial batch, you can use the yogurt to make more!
When making your homemade yogurt in the Ninja Foodi, follow these helpful tips:
- Plan on being available for several hours in the day. It is pretty hands off, but does take 8 hours of fermenting time and a few hours of cool down time after the milk boils.
- Make sure that you set the correct function on the Ninja Foodi! When you turn the dial to the yogurt function on the Foodi, it is actually the second turn of the dial under yogurt and not slow cook. It was tricky for me the first time.
- Ensure that the equipment is clean & sterilized prior to making your homemade yogurt.
- When installing the pressure cooking lid, make sure that the valve is set to “vent”.
- Initially the milk will boil. And then the Foodi will go through a period of cool down time. This is several hours long (about 4 ish). And then it will prompt you to stir and add the starter. After you stir in the yogurt starter, the Ninja Foodi will go through the incubation or fermentation process of 8 hours. And that’s all the effort involved. It’s super simple!
Making this homemade yogurt is full of great healthy bacteria and it is really inexpensive to make.
We were purchasing a lot of yogurt at $1.40 for 5 oz each! A 1/2 gallon of organic milk for us is $4.99 and I can get 12 of those 5 oz jars from one batch. So much savings!
Even more savings once we get our milk cow this spring!
The flavor of homemade yogurt is much different than store bought and may take a little getting used to.
You can add flavorings like vanilla extract and honey or maple syrup if you prefer. I like to keep ours very basic and don’t add anything extra to the yogurt.
We serve ours with fresh fruit and my healthy homemade granola or mixed in with fresh smoothies! Sometimes we may drizzle a little bit of real maple syrup or raw honey on top with some nuts and oatmeal for breakfast or as a treat.
And just last night at dinnertime, I made a simple ranch style dressing with herbs & this homemade yogurt!
Homemade Ninja Foodi Yogurt
- ½ gallon whole milk
- 1 package yogurt starter
- Add the milk to the pot of the Ninja Foodi and lock the pressure lid. Set the valve to "vent".
- Select the yogurt function and the time to 8 hours, then press the start button.
- The Ninja Foodi will begin to boil the milk. After this is done, it will move to a cool down period. This can take several hours to cool down.
- Once the milk is cooled back down, the Foodi will display "add & stir". This is where you will add your yogurt starter. Stir it in well with a silicone spatula.
- Replace the pressure lid with the valve to vent and press the start button again. It will begin the incubation period for 8 hours.
- Once this is done, transfer to individual glass jars, Mason jars, or glass bowl with a lid. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for about 8 hours or overnight.