Cold Start Yogurt

When I was pregnant with my twins I bought this tiny yogurt maker and had big plans to make my own yogurt for them. I had no idea it was going to be such a long process to get 4 tiny little cups of yogurt. So, I donated that yogurt maker and just gave them store bought yogurt. Fast forward a few years and Pampered Chef introduced their version of the Instant Pot, a Quick Cooker (and later, the Deluxe Multi Cooker)! I learned I could make my own yogurt with just a few simple steps and even though it was a long process, it was almost all hands off! Did you know you need yogurt to make yogurt? I have learned so much over the years and this is one of the things that felt so complicated but is actually one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make, especially with the right tools. There are several ways you can make yogurt but I prefer the “Cold Start” Method which uses Ultra-Filtered Milk so you can skip the heating and cooling of the milk. This 1 simple step will reduce the hands on time so much. I use Fairlife brand milk & have used both whole and 2% milk to make this and they both turn out great. If you follow this Cold Start recipe, you’ll spend less than 5 minutes getting this ready and then you can walk away and let the Deluxe Multi Cooker do the work.

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Cold Start Yogurt

This is the easiest yogurt recipe I’ve ever made and it’s so much better than anything I’ve been able to buy at the store.


52 oz carton Fairlife Whole or 2% Milk
16 oz bottle Natural Bliss Coffee Cream (I’ve used Sweet Cream or Vanilla flavor)
2 heaping Tablespoons Oui Vanilla Yogurt or your own yogurt starter for future batches


Whisk all ingredients together in the Deluxe Multi Cooker Inner Pot
Select Yogurt for 8-10 hours on Medium.
When finished, cover with silicone stretch fit lid and refrigerate overnight.
Transfer to storage containers and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Consume within 2 weeks.


To make plain yogurt, add 2 additional cups of Fairlife Milk to replace the creamer.

If using Pampered Chef’s retired Quick Cooker, Select Proof for 6 hours, then restart for 2 additional hours for a total of 8 hours. (For a thicker yogurt, Proof for a total of 10 hours) Video here:

I have also used Aldi’s Barissimo Pure Creamer.


  • Author: Mindy Banks
  • Category: Yogurt

Keywords: yogurt, quick cooker, Deluxe Multi Cooker, pressure cooker

6 thoughts on “Cold Start Yogurt”

  1. Thanks for this recipe love it I have made the other type of yougert scalding the milk but this is so much easier.

  2. I also tried making yogurt in one of those tiny yogurt makers. The yogurt was delicious but, it was too much work for so little yogurt. How much yogurt does this recipe make? I’m eager to try it!

  3. I’m glad you added for the quick cooker. That is what I have, and I am certainly going to have to try this, for sure!!

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