How To Make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract

Homemade Instant Pot Vanilla Extract in the is the easiest thing to make ever! Homemade Vanilla Extract is a game changer!  Once you make your own, you’ll never have to or want to buy it again.  It is perfect for last minute gifts, since it only takes about 2 hours to make and almost everyone can use it!  Homemade Vanilla Extract has a purer, more abundant vanilla flavor. Now all of my friends know what they are getting for Christmas!

In this post, I am going to cover everything you need to know about making Homemade Vanilla Extract in your Instant Pot from shopping for ingredients and supplies to labeling the bottles.  I have also included links to the jars, labels and vanilla beans that I used to make the vanilla. A lot of the recipes that I have seen on Pinterest show the vanilla being made in the jars themselves, but I do it a little different.  Instead of adding the beans and the vodka to the jars themselves, I place it all in the base of the Instant Pot, and after it “cooks”, I then divide it up among the sterilized jars.  If you want to make the Vanilla Extract individually, in the jars, I have also included instructions for that below.

Why Should I Make Vanilla Extract In My Instant Pot?

Because you can!  Traditional methods of making Vanilla Extract can take two months up to a year to make and be able to use.  Vanilla Extract in the Instant Pot, it can be ready in as little as 2 hours, and can be used as soon as the next day.  The Instant Pot rapidly heats the vodka to a boil under pressure and infuses all of the vanilla almost instantly!

How Much Does Homemade Vanilla Extract Cost To Make?

Making Homemade Vanilla Extract is extremely budget friendly which makes it such a great option for homemade gifts.  One batch costs about $45 to make, including all ingredients and supplies and yields 10, 5oz bottles of Vanilla Extract.  That’s only $4.50 per bottle or $0.90 per ounce. 

When compared to costs of Pure Vanilla Extract online, Homemade Vanilla Extract is definitely the most budget friendly option, and tastes so much better than you even know!  With a quick search on Amazon, the ‘cheap’ real vanilla extract from McCormick is $30 for 16 ounces, or $1.90/ounce.  The ‘quality’ real vanilla extract (what I used to buy from Nielsen Massey) is $38 for 8 ounces, or $4.74/ounce. 

This is how my expenses broke down for making Vanilla Extract:

Vodka – $17.99 for Smirnoff at local liquor store
Jars/Bottles – $11.99 for 12, 5 oz bottles
Vanilla Beans – $14.99 on Amazon

What Kind Of Vodka Should I Use?

When choosing the vodka for your Vanilla Extract, choose something mid-priced, that you would mix into a cocktail.  Something like Smirnoff is a good option.  The more expensive the vodka you choose, the more flavorful the vanilla will be.  I like Tito’s Vodka.  Whatever you decide to choose, make sure it’s at least 35% alcohol.  For a smokier flavor, swap out bourbon for vodka!

What Kind Of Vanilla Beans Should I Use?

To make Homemade Vanilla Extract, you want to use Grade B vanilla beans.  These are easily available on Amazon, at a reasonable price.  If you cannot order online, your local grocery store or Walmart will probably carry them, but you’ll be paying A LOT more.  Grade A beans work, but they do not extract as well and are much more expensive than Grade B beans.

What If I Don’t Want To Use Vodka?

You can use a food grade vegetable glycerin instead.  I have never tried this method, but there are a lot of great articles all over Pinterest for making it this way.

How To Clean Your Instant Pot

Before you get started making Vanilla Extract, the most important thing to do is thoroughly clean your Instant Pot.  I don’t just mean soap and water, but a deep clean involving baking soda, water and lemon juice!  The last thing that you want is for your Vanilla Extract to taste the tacos you had the other night for dinner.  It takes about half an hour to really get the results that you’re looking for, but is vital to the making Vanilla Extract in your Instant Pot.

This is a three step process that removes all smells from the Instant Pot and the seal on the lid.  To clean your Instant Pot you need:

1 cup baking soda, divided
2 lemons
lemon essential oil
water

Step One:

In the base of Instant Pot and add cup baking soda, 2 cups water and 1 lemon, halved and juiced.  Put the lid on, and turn the valve to the sealing position.  Turn Instant Pot on to steam setting, and set for 4 minutes.  Release pressure and carefully remove lid.

Step Two:

Rinse out Instant Pot, seal and lid with hot soapy water and throw away lemon.  Repeat Step One again.

Step Three:

Rinse out Instant Pot, seal and lid with hot soapy water and throw away lemon.  Add 1 cup water, remaining cup baking soda and 5 drops of lemon essential oil.  Put the lid on, and turn the valve to sealing position.  Turn Instant Pot on to steam, and set for 4 minutes.  Let pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, and then release remaining pressure.  Carefully remove lid, and clean with hot soapy water.

If you don’t have lemon essential oil, just use another lemon for the third step.  It’s a little bit of a laborious process, but it works incredibly!

How To Make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract

Ingredients & Supplies

Start by gathering everything you need.  To make Vanilla Extract you are going to need the following ingredients and supplies:

  • 6-quart Instant Pot
  • 1.75L vodka
  • 10-12 grade B vanilla beans
  • Mason jars or bottles
  • Funnel
  • Metal tongs
  • Labels

Sterilize Jars or Bottles

This is a very important step in making your own Homemade Vanilla Extract.  To sanitize the jars or bottles that you plan to use, follow these steps.

  1. Wash jars or bottles and lids in hot soapy water.  Rinse thoroughly.
  2. Fill a large pot half way with water and bring to a rolling boil.  Working in batches, add bottles, making sure that they are fully submerged.  I like to put the 3-4 bottles in the pot as I fill it up with water to know just how much I’ll need, and then I remove the jars, and bring the water to a boil.

  3. Process jars or bottles in boiling water for 10 minutes.  Carefully remove with tongs, and place on a clean surface before use.  If you’re not quite ready to use the bottles, they can rest in hot water for up to an hour.

To sanitize the lids, process in simmering water for 8 minutes.  A full boil can melt the lids.

If you live in high-altitude, add one minute of processing time for every 1000 feet above sea level.

How To Make Vanilla Extract

This recipe makes 50-55 ounces of Vanilla Extract.

  1. Using a paring knife, gently split vanilla beans down the center, and place in the bottom of your Instant Pot. 
  2. Pour entire bottle of vodka into Instant Pot, lock the lid in place and turn the valve to the sealing position.

  3. Set on manual high pressure for 65 minutes, and turn off keep warm.  Let pressure naturally release for 60 minutes.  Letting the Vanilla Extract steep during that 60 minutes, while the pressure releases is vital.
  4. Remove lid and let cool completely.

  5. With tongs, remove vanilla beans, and evenly distribute across jars or bottles.

  6. Using a funnel or a squirt bottle, carefully pour vanilla extract into bottles.  Place lid on and tightly seal.

  7. Label bottles and watch your family and friends faces light up when they see this amazing gift!

Why Does My Vanilla Extract Smell Like Vodka?

Any real vanilla extract will have a boozy smell.  The first smell you’ll get, while the extract is still warm will be slightly boozy, especially if you use a cheaper vodka.  Don’t worry, the smell will dissipate as it sits. 

How To Store Homemade Vanilla Extract

Store Homemade Vanilla Extract like you would the store bought variety, in a cool, dark place, like your pantry.  When prepared correctly, the shelf life of Vanilla Extract can be infinite. 

The longer Vanilla Extract sits, the stronger the flavor of vanilla is.  You can definitely use your homemade vanilla within 24-48 hours, but it is at it’s best after at least one week. 

If the vanilla starts to get a little low, just top it up with some fresh vodka!

Like I mentioned earlier, making Homemade Vanilla Extract in the Instant Pot is a game changer, and everyone is going to love how much love you put into making it.  Comment and let myself and others know how your vanilla turned out!

Category, DifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time1 hr 5 minsTotal Time1 hr 10 mins

 1.75 L Vodka
 10 vanilla beans

1

Wash and sanitize bottles or jars.

2

Using a paring knife, gently split vanilla beans down the center, and place in the bottom of your Instant Pot.
Pour entire bottle of vodka into Instant Pot, lock the lid in place and turn the valve to the sealing position.

3

Set on manual high pressure for 65 minutes, and turn off keep warm. Let pressure naturally release for 60 minutes. Letting the Vanilla Extract steep during that 60 minutes, while the pressure releases is vital. Remove lid and let cool completely.

4

With tongs, remove vanilla beans, and evenly distribute across jars or bottles.

5

Using a funnel, if needed, carefully pour vanilla extract into bottles. Place lid on and tightly seal. Label bottles and watch your family and friends faces light up when they see this amazing gift!

Ingredients

 1.75 L Vodka
 10 vanilla beans

Directions

1

Wash and sanitize bottles or jars.

2

Using a paring knife, gently split vanilla beans down the center, and place in the bottom of your Instant Pot.
Pour entire bottle of vodka into Instant Pot, lock the lid in place and turn the valve to the sealing position.

3

Set on manual high pressure for 65 minutes, and turn off keep warm. Let pressure naturally release for 60 minutes. Letting the Vanilla Extract steep during that 60 minutes, while the pressure releases is vital. Remove lid and let cool completely.

4

With tongs, remove vanilla beans, and evenly distribute across jars or bottles.

5

Using a funnel, if needed, carefully pour vanilla extract into bottles. Place lid on and tightly seal. Label bottles and watch your family and friends faces light up when they see this amazing gift!

Instant Pot Vanilla Extract

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