Making goat milk yogurt is just one of the many amazing uses for raw goats milk. In this post we will talk about the benefits of goat milk yogurt as well as giving you a recipe and step by step instructions on how to make it with our favorite kitchen tool, the Instant Pot!
Benefits of Goat Milk Yogurt
Raw goats milk has many amazing benefits! Make sure to read our article on the Benefits of Raw Goats Milk to learn about all of them.
Now take all of those amazing benefits and add them to the great benefits that come with lacto-fermentation. Don’t worry, lacto-fermentation is just the big fancy word we use for describing the process of making fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, and our topic today, yogurt!
Fermentation not only preserves your food so that it lasts longer, it also transforms your food into a probiotic supplement and increases its digestibility and vitamin content.
Lacto-fermented foods provide the following benefits
- Probiotics. Eating fermented foods introduce good gut bacteria into your system.
- Reduction in irritable bowel syndrome. It has been linked to reduction in irritable bowel syndrome.
- Easier Digestion. It is easier to digest not only because of the increased probiotics but also because it helps break down the cellulose in our food.
- Rich in Enzymes. Fermented food also provides the essential enzymes that are needed to aid in digesting and absorbing the nutrients in your food. Did you know that as you get older your body’s enzyme supply goes down?
- Improved vitamin content. When you gut bacteria is in proper balance you are able to absorb more of the nutrients in your food. “Fermented dairy products show an increased level of folic acid which is critical to producing healthy babies as well as pyroxidine, B vitamins, riboflavin and biotin depending on the strains of bacteria present. [1. Vitamin Profiles of Kefirs Made from Milk of Different Species. International Journal of Food Science & Technology. 1991. Kneifel et al]”
A Word on Yogurt Starter
The recipes below are going to call for a half cup of yogurt starter. You can purchase yogurt cultures and yogurt starters online if you would like but we have not done this. We usually just purchase plain yogurt from the store and use that. Just make sure that it is plan and not flavored and that it also contains live and active cultures. You don’t want something that only says “made with” live and active cultures.
How to Make Goat Milk Yogurt in the Instant Pot
The recipe is actually pretty simple. You will need:
- 1 Gallon Raw Goat Milk
- 1/2 Cup Yogurt Starter
- Your favorite flavorings (honey, sugar,cinnamon, berries, etc)
- Pour 1 Gallon of raw goat milk into the Instant Pot and seal the lid.
- Press the “Yogurt” button and then quickly press the “Adjust” button. The LCD display will then blink “boil”. The display will stop blinking after a few seconds and will heat the milk up for about 1 hour.
- Let it cool to 115 degrees. When the alarm sounds the display will change to change to say “YOGT”. At this point you can unplug the Instant Pot and take out the inner pot to cool. But be careful! That inner pot is hot! We whisk it to help release heat and help keep a skin from forming. This method takes around an hour to cool. Others say they put the pot in an ice bath but we have never done this.
- Add your culture. Add your half cup of yogurt starter and mix well. This inoculates the milk with the yogurt culture and all of that good Lactobacillus bacteria.
- Let it set. Place the inner pot back into the Instant Pot, seal the lid and press the “Yogurt” button. The LCD display will then display “8:00”. This means it will hold the temperature for 8 hours. The display will then change to “0:00” and start counting up to 8 hours. While the Instant Pot holds the temperature it gives all of that beneficial bacteria time to do it’s thing. You can let it sit longer if you would like but the longer it sits, the more firm and tart it will become. It’s really just a matter of personal preference.
- Finishing touches. After the 8 hours is up the Instant Pot will then beep letting you know your yummy yogurt is ready! You can now shape the yogurt into any flavor you want. You can even hang it in a muslin cloth for another 1-2 hours if you prefer more of a Greek yogurt. This will allow more of the whey to drip out. Again this makes it more firm and tart. You can also flavor it with any flavoring you want. We started out doing ours with a vanilla/honey/cinnamon flavor but have recently started mixing it with our Mixed Berry Chia Jam. Can you say AMAZING!
- Refrigerate. The last step is pretty self explanatory. Distribute into you container of choice a place it in the fridge. It should keep for about 1-2 weeks. In our house, it keeps for about 1-2 days because our kids tear through it!
The Basic Recipe
If you don’t have an Instant Pot that’s not a big deal. The basic recipe is actually pretty simple as well. You will need all of the same ingredients as above but can follow this recipe below:
- Heat the milk. Add milk to pot and bring to 185 degrees. Stir it to help keep a skin from forming.
- Cool the milk. Once it hits 185 degrees, it’s time to cool it. Let the milk cool to around 115 degrees just like in the recipe above. Again, stir it to keep a skin from forming.
- Add your culture. Add your half cup of yogurt starter and mix well.
- Let it set. Hold the temperature of the yogurt at 100-115 degrees for 8 hours.
- Finishing touches. After the 8 hours is up you can now hang or flavor your yogurt.Our favorite flavor is made by mixing in a little sugar and a jar of Mixed Berry Chia Jam. You have to try it!
- Refrigerate. Put it in a container or containers and place it in the fridge. It should keep for 1-2 weeks.
Making goat milk yogurt is a great way to lengthen the life of your raw milk! The benefits of fermented food are amazing! And it just tastes darn good!
While you do not need the Instant Pot to make your own yogurt, we love ours! It can also be used as a rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and pressure cooker! Talk about function stacking!
The whole point of homesteading for us means that we have greater freedom, more self reliance, and the ability to live a fulfilled and abundant life. Making your own yogurt is just one way to do all of these things!
So what are you waiting for?! Go do something! Go live your life!