Instant Pot: Vanilla Extract

It's the peak of the holiday baking season and a pantry staple is vanilla extract! Did you know you can make your own vanilla extract with the use of the Instant Pot?! Traditional DIY vanilla extract requires several weeks for the vanilla flavors to develop. However, when using an electric pressure cooker, you can develop the flavors in a fraction of the time and use the extract as early as 24 hours after making! Read on to find out how...

Instant Pot: Vanilla Extract


Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook time: 1 hr. 30 minutes 

Total time: 1 hr. 35 minutes


6 vanilla beans, preferably grade B

6 cups vodka

1 cup water


Gather all ingredients.

With a knife, cut each vanilla bean in half down the middle vertically.

Pour 2 cups of vodka to each canning jars. Taking 2 vanilla beans, fold in half, and place in the canning jar.

Pour one cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place the trivet at the base of the Instant Pot.

Close each canning jar with metal lids, and place on the trivet inside your Pot. Close the Instant Pot by screwing on the lid. Close the valve. Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 1 hour. Once the hour is done, allow it to release pressure naturally, which will take about 20 minutes.

Allow the vanilla extract to sit for at least 24 hours before use. Make sure to keep in an airtight glass jar in a dark, cool room when not using.

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