Instant Pot Greek Yogurt – Straining & Storing Tips

Instant Pot Greek yogurt

Making Greek yogurt in the Instant Pot has just gotten easier. To get the thickness of Greek yogurt, you need to strain the processed yogurt. In my previous yogurt making tutorial, I showed you how to strain the yogurt using a nut milk bag. It works great and gets good results; however, it can be messy and is challenging to transfer the yogurt into the bag without it getting all over the place. Doing it that way is a two man job.

I have found a way to strain the yogurt without all that mess. Some of you may already be doing it this way, but for those of you, who haven’t tried this, give it a whirl.

If you haven’t yet tried making yogurt and you have an Instant Pot, GET ON IT! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I highly recommend you get one and start making yogurt. (You will absolutely love making all kinds of things in this wonder machine)

*****By the way, the 7 in One Instant Pot (that is what I have) is on sale right now on Amazon. Best price I have seen $79.95.

Making yogurt can seem very intimidating; however, it seriously is very easy to do. Once you make it and taste how yummy it is, you will never go back to store bought. Homemade yogurt is so much better for you. There are only TWO ingredients, THREE if you choose to add a little vanilla flavoring.

  • Milk
  • A little starter yogurt
  • Vanilla (optional)

That’s it!

Here is a little video clip showing the new process of straining using your steam basket and a few coffee filters.

What you will need

Straining yogurt

Instant Pot Greek yogurt

Set the steam basket inside the bowl strainer and set on top of large bowl. The only reason I am using two strainers, is the bowl strainer is not big enough to hold all the yogurt. If you have a strainer large enough you will NOT have to use the steam basket.

Instant Pot Greek yogurt coffee filters

Place four coffee filters inside steam basket, at an angle and overlapping to fully cover the inside of the bowl. If you have a bigger strainer, you may need more filters.

I recommend only making a half batch (1/2 gallon of milk instead of a full gallon), if using a small strainer.

Instant Pot Greek yogurt

Pour the processed yogurt into the lined strainers and let it sit 1-2 hours. You can leave it on the counter top or place in the refrigerator.

Once the yogurt is at the consistency that you prefer, transfer the yogurt to another bowl. The longer you strain, the thicker it will be. AHHHHH, this is SO much easier than squeezing  the yogurt from the nut milk bag.

Remove the coffee filters and throw them away.

***** update 2/27/23

instant pot yogurt mesh strainerI have found a new strainer that is my favorite so far. You can get it HERE.


Instant Pot Greek yogurt glass containers

Yogurt can be stored in single serving containers or one large dish with a lid. These are the once I prefer.

Instant Pot Greek yogurt storage

Pint jars with a lids work great.

Here are a few other yogurt related posts to check out.

Valentine Yogurt Parfait

Morning Breakfast Muesli 

For the latest post on HOW TO MAKE YOGURT, go HERE.






  1. I love making greek yogurt. I use a colander and a thin cotton towel. I do a gallon of milk at a time so two colanders, set on a bowl, per batch. I just fold my towel over the top, set it in the fridge for a few hours (sometimes over night), and put it all in my kitchenaid bowl. I add back the whey a little at a time to get the consistency I want. I add my sweetner and vanilla at this time. I mix it to smooth it. It is very much like a very expensive yogurt

  2. Use cheesecloth. I use reusable cheesecloth. I put it in a large strainer and pour the yogurt in and place the strainer over a large bowl. Easy as can be

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