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Easy Instantpot Vanilla Extract

Easy Instantpot Vanilla Extract

If you love to bake then, this Easy Instantpot Vanilla Extract is exactly what you need. If you’re like me you’ve seen the prices of vanilla extract and thought no way am I going to buy this. I can probably get away with the imitation stuff. Or forgo it altogether. I’ve been there. Then someone suggested I make my own, all I do is take a little vanilla bean and vodka, leave it in the back of my pantry for 6months!!! Ya ok, who the eff has time to be waiting around six months for an ingredient?! Then after some research, I learned you could make it in the instantpot in 30 minutes! Now that my friends sounds doable, and totally is!

easy instantpot vanilla extract in mason jar

Current Updates

What a roller coaster this lockdown has been! I go from bored, to angry, to grateful in a matter of moments. First, I’m annoyed that I have nothing to do, which makes me angry. Then I remember that so many people have it so much worse, so I get even angrier at myself for complaining about my boredom and then dig deep to find gratitude somewhere in there. It’s not always those four emotions, but those seem to be the main ones that I swing back and forth between, no idea where I’ll be one minute to the next.  

Yesterday we were able to get out for a bit and go to the park near us, because it was 78 and Sunny. Whoo-hoo! The park was insanely packed, but we found a perfect spot that wasn’t too crowded. I brought a blanket and sat and read. It was probably the best I’ve felt mentally in a long time. I’m reading Rachel Hollis Girl, Wash Your Face. I’m really enjoying it so far, her book Girl, Stop Apologizing, was one of my favorite self-help books I’ve ever read. Although, I’d you argue these might not even be considered self-help books in the true sense of the term. Anyway, I highly recommend both of them if you are looking for a funny and informative book with a little bit of self-help worked in. 

Where Have You Vanilla Bean All My Life

It’s not often that I cop to mistakes. Just ask my parents, brother, or fiance. Stubbornness is probably one of my strongest qualities, and when it comes to admitting I’m wrong, I’m the most stubborn. But, I’ll totally admit I was wrong about Vanilla. I don’t know how I went so long, just omitting it from desserts. It really makes such a difference when baking. Especially the good stuff, not that imitation crap I used growing up! Admitting you are wrong is the first step, and now that I know just who wrong I was, I will never bake without Vanilla extract again.

easy instantpot vanilla extract view from top

Which Beans and Alcohol Should You Use?

There are two main types of beans, Grade A and B, and this is based on their moisture content. Grade A beans should be used for cooking and while can be used for extract, it is preferred to use Grade B for extract. Typically extracts use Madagascar Grade B beans. This type of bean will produce you’re most familiar with. All you ever wanted to know about Vanilla Beans is right here. Here is a quick breakdown of all three beans.

  • Bourbon-Madagascar beans are rich, sweet and the thinnest of the three beans.
  • Mexican vanilla beans have a smooth rich flavor.
  • Tahitian vanilla beans are the thickest and darkest, and although very aromatic they are not as flavorful as the other two types.
vanilla beans in pods with sugar copper bowl

I ordered my beans right here through amazon.

The other main ingredient is alcohol, you want to use a 40% or 80 proof vodka for this extract. Rum and bourbon work well, but you might be able to taste some of the alcohol so if you plan on using this for cooking recipes just be aware of that.

Tips, Recs, Subs

  • First off, from my research, DO NOT make this on a stovetop pressure cooker. It should only be cooked in an instantpot, because alcohol should not be cooked in any other pressure cooker. 
  • Alcohol – Vanilla extract is typically made with vodka, because it is the least overbearing flavor. You can use rum, or even bourbon, but you’ll taste the flavor of the alcohol a little more.
  • Use quality vodka. I used Titos to ensure it was 100% Gluten-Free.
  • Vanilla Beans. The most common type is the Grade B Madasgar bean. See above for the bean info.
  • Use a high-quality canning mason jar. So it should be the kind that you place the lid on top then screw the on the cap. 
easy instantpot vanilla extract vodka copper measuring spoons

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Easy Instantpot Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla extract in just over 30 minutes! You'll never use store bought again.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Baking, Dessert
Servings 2 Cups


  • Instantpot
  • Canning Mason Jar


  • 3-5 Vanilla Beans (See above for which type)
  • 2 Cups High quality Vodka (Or other alcohol, see above for info)


  • Slice the beans in half length wise so vanilla is exposed, don't cut completely in half, leave half an inch at the top so bean stays together. Add to mason jar, pour in vodka. Seal the mason jar well.
  • Add 1 Cup of water to instantpot, and trivet. Place sealed mason jar on top of trivet. Close lid, make sure instantpot is set to sealing mode. Cook on Manual High pressure for 35 minutes. Let steam naturally release for at least 10 minutes, before opening the valve to venting to release any additional pressure.
  • Store in a cool and dry and dark place. Back of the pantry cabinet works best. The longer it stays the stronger the vanilla flavor will become. I suggest letting set overnight before using it.
Keyword Baked Goods, desserts, Instanpot, Vanilla, Vanilla Extract

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  1. This is great. I am one of the people that waited six months for homemade vanilla. It does make a difference in the flavor of your cooking when compared to take stuff. I am almost out so I will try this recipe.

  2. This is awesome! I have an Instant Pot. I love all things VANILLA. And I don’t so much like the price of vanilla extract. Thanks for the idea and instructions.

    • Right the price is kinda insane! But I guess because it typically takes so long. I mean there’s no way I’m waiting around 6 months lol. Thanks for checking out the blog. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Hey this is such a great recipe!! Might just use this for my family’s pop-up restaurants! Thanks for sharing such an easy way to do it! And yes we’re totally with you when it came to all the emotions this lockdown brought!

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment! Yea its so easy, great way to save money for a pop up restaurant for sure! Yea Quarantine has been quite the emotional roller coaster for all of us!

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