Great Tasting Vanilla Extract In Your Instant Pot For A Fraction Of The Cost

Great Tasting Vanilla Extract In Your Instant Pot For A Fraction Of The Cost

Great Tasting Vanilla Extract In Your Instant Pot For A Fraction Of The Cost.  If you are like me, you know that the cost of vanilla extract is unreal!  I use vanilla extract several times a week in a variety of recipes, and at $2+ per ounce, that really increases the price of cooking at home.

**This method should NOT be used with a stove top pressure cooker.  Alcohol is highly flammable.

Great Tasting Vanilla Extract In Your Instant Pot For A Fraction Of The Cost

People have been making vanilla extract at home for—ever!  This is not a new recipe or method of making vanilla extract.  In fact, the method of making vanilla extract at home is actually on the package of vanilla beans that I use (you can find them over here at Amazon).  The Instant Pot I use can also be found here on Amazon.  The method that my grandmother used was the same as my method, only hers didn’t involve an instant pot AND her method took a month to make the extract.  Last year, a friend of mine said “Hey Rach, you know you can put that in your Instant Pot and it will be finished tomorrow?!”  Say what?!  Yep, there really isn’t much my Instant Pot cannot do.  I set out to see what kind of voodoo this Instant Pot vanilla extract was conjuring up.  Sure enough, that extract was perfect after just 30 minutes under pressure.

Great Tasting Vanilla Extract In Your Instant Pot For A Fraction Of The Cost

The method

So, with that being said, know this is not my recipe.  This is a recipe/method that has been passed down for decades; even centuries.  The only thing I am doing is showing you how to speed up the process.  Using your Instant Pot will speed up the process significantly.  You will go from spending a month shaking bottles to spending 30 minutes under pressure and you will be done!

**This method should NOT be used with a stove top pressure cooker.  Alcohol is highly flammable.

Great Tasting Vanilla Extract In Your Instant Pot For A Fraction Of The Cost

The Price

Now, for the price comparison.  I was able to fill 11~4 oz bottles with the vanilla extract using 10 vanilla beans and a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka.  The beans cost a little over $2 each and the vodka was on sale this week for $13.99.  That makes the cost of this vanilla extract a little more than 50¢ per ounce.  This vanilla extract also has a much better flavor than store bought extract.

Great Tasting Vanilla Extract In Your Instant Pot For A Fraction Of The Cost

Great Tasting Vanilla Extract In Your Instant Pot For A Fraction Of The Cost

This is a great method passed down over generations and perfected using the Instant Pot.  

Ingredients

  • 5 Grade B Vanilla Beans
  • 1.75 liters vodka (70-90 proof)

Instructions

  1. Fill 5 - 8 oz mason jars with vodka and leave about 2 inches at the top.   

  2. Carefully slice 5 vanilla beans down the middle.  

  3. Place 1 sliced vanilla bean in each of the jars of vodka.

  4. Place trivet in the bottom of your Instant Pot liner.  I couldn't find my trivet this day, so I just crumbled up aluminum foil to place the jars on.  

  5. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot liner.  

  6. Place the lids on the mason jars loosely.  I tighten them until I just feel a little resistance, then pull back just a bit.  You don't want the jars to seal while they are in your Instant Pot.  

  7. Place the lid on your Instant Pot, close the valve, and set to manual high pressure for 30 minutes.  

  8. Allow your Instant Pot to natural release for at least 30 minutes, then carefully remove the jars from the pot using tongs or heat resistant oven mitts or gloves.  

  9. This is when I tighten the lids down and allow the lids to seal.  You can wait until they cool to tighten them down if you don't want them to seal.  

  10. Use cheesecloth to strain the particles from the beans or you can just use it with the little pieces of bean in it (that's what I do).  I like the extra vanilla flavor 🙂  

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