Instant Pot Homemade Vanilla Extract

Here’s how to make Homemade Vanilla Extract in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Cheaper per ounce than buying it in the store!

instant pot vanilla extract

It goes without saying that I use a lot of Vanilla Extract. So it was a no brainer for me to make some Homemade Vanilla Extract in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Tahitian Vanilla Beans
Tahitian Vanilla Beans

You are probably wondering why I decided to use my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Instead of the traditional way. Simple. The vanilla extract can be used almost immediately for baking when made in your pressure cooker.

The traditional way of making vanilla extract requires you to wait almost 2 months before you can use it. Who has that much time?

instant pot vanilla extract
Vanilla Extract in 4 ounce Amber Bottle

You are going to be inclined to use the most expensive Vodka you can afford for this recipe. Save yourself some money and buy the cheap stuff. You will not notice the difference when all is said and done.

The idea here is to make this vanilla extract at home for less than what it would cost you in the stores (which is pretty expensive for the real stuff).

bottle vodka
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Alcohol Warning

Please take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, parents, and others who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol.

You have many options when it comes to selecting the vanilla beans. There are many sites out there that dissect the different types of vanilla beans out there so I won’t go into it here. Personally, I decided to go with a Tahitian Grade B Vanilla Bean that I found on Amazon at a reasonable price.

vanilla extract in amber bottles

Once done, it is important to store your vanilla extract in a cool dark location. The extract should never be exposed to direct sunlight.

Since I was giving the vanilla extract away as Christmas gifts, I decided to put mine in these cute little 4-ounce amber bottles that I also got it off of Amazon.

Tahitian Vanilla Beans

I recommend letting the vanilla extract sit in the jar for a couple of weeks before using it. The extract will smell like alcohol when it first comes out of the Instant Pot but will mellow out over time. Much of this depends on the quality of the vanilla beans you are using.

vanilla in bottles

If you have any questions about your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, I suggest you visit Instant Pot’s Official Customer Care Center.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Vodka and Vanilla Beans.

  1. Pour the entire bottle of Vodka into the Instant Pot.
  2. With a sharp knife, cut the top layer of the bean lengthwise. Once cut, you can either place the cut vanilla beans into the vodka or optionally scrape the vanilla seeds out and place the beans and seeds in the vodka.
  3. Seal the lid and cook on High for 60 minutes. Once done let the pressure release naturally (until the pin drops). This can take quite a bit of time so be patient.
  4. Remove the beans from the Instant Pot with tongs and place into sterilized jars. If the beans are too long for the jars, cut them to size.
  5. Pour the vanilla extract into a large glass measuring cup ensuring to scrape all the seeds out of the pot.
  6. Use a funnel to pour the vanilla extract into each bottle. Loosely put the cap on each bottle and let cool for about 15 minutes. Tighten the cap. Wait until completely cooled before applying any labels.

Printable Recipe Card

Instant Pot Homemade Vanilla Extract

Instant Pot Homemade Vanilla Extract

Here's how to make Homemade Vanilla Extract in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Cheaper per ounce than buying it in the store!
4.46 from 33 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Pressure Release 10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 60 ounces
Calories 69 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1.75 L Vodka, 80% proof minimum
  • 10 Vanilla Beans

Instructions
 

  • Pour the entire bottle of Vodka into the Instant Pot.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the top layer of the bean lengthwise. Once cut, you can either place the cut vanilla beans into the vodka or optionally scrape the vanilla seeds out and place the beans and seeds in the vodka.
  • Seal the lid and cook on High for 60 minutes. Once done let the pressure release naturally (until the pin drops). This can take up to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the beans from the Instant Pot with tongs and place into sterilized jars. If the beans are too long for the jars, cut them to size.
  • Pour the vanilla extract into a large glass measuring cup ensuring to scrape all the seeds out of the pot.
  • Use a funnel to pour the vanilla extract into each bottle. Loosely put cap on each bottle and let cool for about 15 minutes. Tighten the cap. Wait until completely cooled before applying any labels.

Notes

→ The vanilla extract should always be stored in a cool dark location away from direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate our freeze!
→ Please take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, parents, and others who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol.

Nutrition

Calories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Rosie says:

    I decided to make this vanilla instead of buying store bought vanilla. It was great. I will never buy store bought vanilla again. The best I have ever used.

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