How To Make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract - Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

How To Make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract - Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - December 10, 2017

Here's something that's going to change your home cooking life: You can make better vanilla extract at home in about an hour using the Instant Pot. Yes, one hour! If your mind is not blown yet, consider this: The Instant Pot will also give your homemade vanilla extract the intensity of aged homemade extract or high-quality store-bought vanilla. This vanilla extract is sweet and heady with a rich perfume and is only a few jars and an electric pressure away. It's the perfect last-minute gift for the baker in your life, or a game-changing ingredient for your holiday baking. Here's how to make this magic in the kitchen.

Why Make Vanilla Extract in the Instant Pot?

Homemade vanilla extract is made by plunking vanilla beans into alcohol and letting the two infuse for at least a month (and as long as a year) before infusion is complete.

An electric pressure cooker uses pressure to rapidly heat the alcohol to a boil under pressure and infuse the vanilla almost instantly. You can definitely boil your alcohol on the stovetop for infusions, but you will lose about 40 percent of your alcohol to evaporation, stinking up the whole house in the process. With pressure infusion, the vodka and vanilla beans are housed inside canning jars within the electric pressure cooker, preventing evaporation and alcohol vapor from escaping.

Buying Vanilla Beans for Instant Pot Extract

Vanilla beans can be quite costly, especially if you are hoping to buy more than a few and can only get them at the grocery store. Luckily, Grade B vanilla beans are best for extract and are less expensive than their Grade A counterparts. Buying your vanilla beans online will also cut costs. I like to buy my extract beans in bulk via eBay, but here are a few other fine sources to check out.

The Best Alcohol to Use for Vanilla Extract in the Instant Pot

The Benefits and Precautions of Using Canning Jars

Let's Play Safe!

Using and Storing Your Pressure Cooker Vanilla Extract

5 Recipes to Show Off Your Vanilla Extract


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