Instant Pot Vanilla Extract is a wonderful homemade vanilla that is so easy to make from vanilla beans! Pressure cooker vanilla extract is delicious, and makes great gifts!
Instant Pot Vanilla Extract
Raise your hand if you enjoy giving homemade gifts! I sure do! I’m actually not that creative when it comes to crafting, so I tend to make edible gifts. Then I do what I can minimally to make them look nice enough to gift to my family and friends.
Instant Pot Vanilla Extract is just one of my favorites because it is easy to make, and can be used by almost anybody, and has a very long shelf life, so I can make it far in advance of the Holidays!
A few of my other favorite homemade gifts is Hot Sauce (recipe below), jam, cookies, Dulce de Leche (recipe below), and a few others. I try to make as many as I can during the summer and fall, that way when I’m in my busy Holiday season, all of those gifts are done!
Just a few simple ingredients are needed to make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract!
The steps to make homemade Instant Pot Vanilla Extract are simple:
Give the jars a good shake a few times a week after you first make this pressure cooker Vanilla Extract. Agitation helps with the extraction process.
Some simple baker’s twine and pre cut tags made these bottles of Instant Pot Vanilla Extract gifts easy to decorate. Get as creative as you want!
Questions I Have Been Getting About Instant Pot Vanilla Extract
Where do you get the vanilla beans?
I get mine on Amazon. I like both the Tahitian and Madagascar varieties. Be sure to get grade ‘B’ as those are less expensive and are made for making extract.
How long does vanilla keep?
It keeps indefinitely, as the alcohol keeps it shelf stable. Keeping the beans in the jar or bottle, just top it off with vodka when it starts to get low enough for the beans to poke up out of the alcohol. Then shake it every week or so to agitate it. I have one right now that is 2 years old. My friend has one that is 7 years old! He just tops it off once in a while!
What if the jars seal while pressure cooking? I thought you can’t can in the Instant Pot.
If the jars seal, I wait until they are cooled and just pop the lid open. Then close it. This isn’t canning, and the alcohol will keep the vanilla shelf stable.
What if I don’t want to use alcohol?
I haven’t tried it, but some people make their vanilla with vegetable glycerin (also called food grade glycerin).
Which gift bottles do you use?
Either the 4 oz size, or the 5 oz (pictured above) hot sauce bottles. Also on Amazon.
Why Use a pressure cooker to make Vanilla Extract?
The main reason is the pressure cooking accelerates the extraction process so you can have dark, rich vanilla much sooner. Not everyone plans ahead, or can. So this method is very good for making vanilla when you want to.
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Instant Pot Vanilla Extract is a wonderful homemade vanilla. It is really easy to make, and makes fun gifts, especially for the Holidays!
- 20 Vanilla Beans (extract grade "B")
- 4 cups Vodka (cheapest kind) or use Vegetable Glycerin
- 3, 5, 6 or 8 quart Pressure Cooker
- 1 1/2 cups Water (for the pressure cooker. 3 cups for 8 qt)
- Metal trivet/rack
- 2 16 oz Canning Jars, (with lids)
- 8 4 oz Glass Bottles
Cut all of the vanilla beans in half crossways, then split lengthwise 3/4 of the way, leaving attached (kind of like a banana peel).
Put 10 vanilla beans into each pint jar (that's 20 halves each). If you are using smaller or larger jars, adjust accordingly.
Pour the vodka into each jar, filling to the bottom lid thread.
Put the lids on the jars finger-tight (that's just tightened, and not as tight as when you store them).
Put 1 1/2 cups (3 in 8 qt) of water into the stainless inner pot of the pressure cooker. Then put the metal trivet/rack in. Set the jars on the metal rack, not touching each other of the side of the pot.
Put the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Pressure Cook (or Manual) button or dial and then the +/- button or dial to select 25 minutes. It will take a few minutes for the pot to come to pressure.
After the cooking cycle is finished, and the pot beeps, turn off the pot so it doesn't go to the Warming setting.
Let the pot do a FULL NATURAL RELEASE of the pressure. You can let it sit after that as long as you want. I let the jars cool down quite a bit in the pot before I move them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
You can let the vanilla stay in the jars and keep extracting, which it will do indefinitely, or transfer to the smaller jars as you like.
Since vanilla makes a nice gift, I do use the 4 oz or 5 oz jars, and add 2 or 3 of the beans to each jar as that will look nice, and it keeps extracting.
1. Be Safe! Don't make vanilla near open flames.
2. Always let the pot Naturally Release FULLY, then let the jars cool.
3. Cheap vodka is what you want to use. Don't bother wasting the good stuff!
4. I think the vanilla is best left in the jars and only transferred to the gift bottles just before gifting as it will be stronger from sitting longer.
5. Shake the jars a few times a week after you first make the vanilla. This will help with the extraction, and get those little seeds moving.
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