What can’t you do with an Instant Pot? I don’t really know. It is so versatile it has become a fixture in my kitchen. I use it nearly every day to cook beans, rice, pasta and stews. In fact, I just bought a second Instant Pot for multiple courses.
One of my favorite uses for this incredible machine is making plant-based yogurt. It tastes like the dairy yogurt I used to enjoy before embracing a whole foods plant-based lifestyle. I thought I’d never have delicious yogurt and fruit smoothies once I gave up animal protein. I just don’t like the store bought stuff. Now yogurt is back on my table! Make smoothies, sauces and add it to stews; it does anything dairy yogurt does without harming our heath, environment and our animal friends. Try it, it will be the easiest dish you’ll ever make!
72 ounces Westsoy Organic Unsweetened Plain Soy Milk. (Not to be confused with Soy Drink)
5 to 7 capsules Solgar Advanced 40 Plus Acidophilus Vegetable Capsules, 120 Count
7 12-oz Ball jelly jars
Pour soy milk into blender and blend on lowest setting. If your blender doesn’t hold all of the milk, do this in two batches. Twist 7 acidophilus capsules apart and slowly add to moving soy milk. When you’ve added all of the acidophilus, pour the milk into seven 12-ounce jelly jars. Tighten lids, then loosen them a little to make sure they are not too tight. Transfer jars to Instant Pot. It should hold the seven jars perfectly. Press yogurt button (make sure you press the yogurt button and not the warm button) and set the timer to 12 hours. Replace Instant pot lid and let the yogurt process for 12 hours. When the time is up, remove the yogurt and transfer to refrigerator to chill or use immediately in a warm sauce. This yogurt is stable for 3-4 days and can still be used in a week, though it may begin to separate after 4 days.
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Ball jars are often less expensive at one of your local discount stores if you can find them. They are often seasonal items, so you may want to check out local sources first.
12-oz Ball Canning Jars
This is the best price I’ve found anywhere for Acidophilus and I have had excellent results with this product.
Advanced 40+ Acidophilus
The Instant Pot is the newest craze and for good reason. It significantly reduces cooking time and requires very little baby-sitting. You can program it to have dinner ready for you when you get home from work. You can place soy milk and a probiotic in it at night in glass jars and awake with a week’s worth of fresh yogurt. It is a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, a dough proofer, and a rice maker all in one. You can even sauté in it and bring water to a boil.
The Instant Pot Duo 60 is a very useful machine. I have both the six-quart and the eight-quart. I find the six-quart to be most useful unless you are feeding a large family. Be sure to get one with a yogurt function. Look for sales. Amazon offers them periodically at terrific discounted prices.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Six Quart/1000W
I have had my Vitamix for 9 years with no serious issues. It comes with a good warranty and Vitamix stands by it. It is expensive, but worth it. It is the most useful item in my kitchen. I use it nearly every day and usually multiple times a day. This is a nearly indispensable item in a plant-based kitchen. The machine listed is the exact Vitamix I own. There are newer models available.
Vitamix 5200 Blender, White