Making Instant Pot Vanilla Extract only takes a little over an hour to make. It’s pretty impressive considering the traditional way of making it can take months, and for some up to a whole year!
Why Make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract?
Did you know? Vanilla has been used for more than one hundred years. It’s even been used medicinally.
Making vanilla extract in the Instant Pot is much quicker than the traditional way, which usually takes months, or even a year, depending on how deep a flavor profile you like for your extract.
Vanilla remains to be a favorite flavoring among desserts, such as ice cream and pudding. It’s even added to cakes, cookies, cheesecake, and more!
Vanilla extract adds a deep, rich flavoring to any baked goods.
It’s not just used to flavor dessert, but it’s also used in hot beverages, such as tea, coffee, and even milk. Popular drinks like Irish Cream and banana shakes also use vanilla extract.
Vanilla Bean Quality For Instant Pot Vanilla Extract
It may seem strange but Grade B Vanilla Beans are usually perfect for making extracts with. They tend to contain less moisture, which means the flavor is stronger and less diluted from the moisture. Making them perfect for extractions.
You can use Grade A for extracts, but they are better for cooking. The moisture in Grade A extracts infuses more quickly into foods.
Read more about understanding the differences between the grades.
Grade B vanilla beans are cheaper to buy normally, so it’s better for your pocketbook too!
What Kind of Alcohol to Use?
A 70-80 proof alcohol can be used.
You can use vodka, rum, brandy, or bourbon. Vodka tends to be the cheapest option. However, rum, brandy, or bourbon will make a deeper caramelized flavor.
However, it really up to you which one you choose to use.
Important Tips for Making Instant Pot Vanilla Extract
- Never use a stovetop pressure cooker. Alcohol under pressure can be very dangerous, especially around open flames.
- Only use jars and lids meant for processing. I’ve seen some people use plastic lids, that are clearly marked “not for processing”. So be careful.
- Don’t leave the Instant Pot unattended while in use. This is a rule not just for making Instant Pot Vanilla Extract but for all time. Don’t leave the house while the Instant Pot is under pressure.
- Jars are HOT! Even after an hour of NPR these jars can be extremely hot. So please be very careful. I like to allow them to cool completely before removing them.
Using & Storing Your Instant Pot Vanilla Extract
Within 24 hours, you can use the extract. However, it’s best after 7 days.
Store in a cool, dark place. I like to place my extract in amber bottles, so light won’t degrade it.
The vanilla extract should last indefinitely if stored properly. Alcohol makes a great preserve.
Instant Pot Vanilla Extract Recipe
Instant Pot Vanilla Extract
- 10 vanilla beans (preferably grade B)
- 6 cups vodka, rum, or bourbon (70-80 proof)
- 1 cup water (for the Instant Pot)
- Add water to the Instant Pot liner
- Split the vanilla beans lengthwise. If your jars are short, you may have to cut in half to fit the in the jars also.
- Divide the beans evenly between all three jars.
- Completely cover the beans with the alcohol, in each jar.
- Secure the lids onto the jars.
- Place trivet in the Instant Pot liner.
- Place the jars on the trivet.
- Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes
- NPR until the sealing valve drops.
- Open the lid and allow jars to cool completely before removing them.
- Pour into decorative amber glass jars.
- Use as soon as 24 hours, but it will be best in about a week.
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Add Pretty Labels to Your Bottles
This is the sticker paper I used to print with.
I like to use a pretty kraft paper to print my labels on. It reminds me of a brown paper bag color.
I saw another blogger who made some beautiful labels. She added that color to her printable.
I thought it’s probably better not to ask my printer to use that much ink.
Plus, when I printed out her version, my printer printed a light pinkish-purple instead of that kraft paper color. So that’s why I made my own with a white background instead.
I used a little bit of thin twine, to tie around the head of the bottle. These are perfect for gifts.
I’m giving one bottle to a friend of mine this Christmas. I know she loves to bake, and will cherish this gift of homemade vanilla extract!
Check out more information on Printing Stickers.
How to Make Vanilla Extract Without an Instant Pot
Making vanilla extract without the Instant Pot is really simple. It just takes a lot more time, a couple of months or more depending on how deep you want the flavors to be.
- Combine alcohol and vanilla beans in mason jars.
- Give the jars a good little shake to get started.
- Store in a cool, dark place.
- Shake once a week.
- Do this for at least 2 months.
Some people will infuse their extract for up to a year before they consider it done.
This method works just as well as the Instant Pot version, it just takes a little longer.
Recipes Using Vanilla Extract
Where do Vanilla Beans Come From?
Vanilla is actually a seed pod that grows on a vine-like Orchid, that tends to grow up trees. They grow in places like Mexico, Madagascar, and Tahiti.
Vanilla is the second most expensive spice, with Saffron being the first. It’s one of the most labor-intensive agricultural crop, which is why it’s so expensive!
After the vines are planted it can take up to THREE YEARS before the first flowers appear. These seedpods remain on the vine for nine whole months before being harvested.
These beautiful green vanilla seed pods are pulled before they’re completely ripe, and therefore devoid of the delicious fragrant scent or flavors.
The flavor and lovely scent are only present after the curing process is complete.
The curing process is pretty simple. Once the seedpods are picked, they are plunged into hot water, and then set out to dry.
We then use the dried “beans” to make vanilla extract.
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