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How to Make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract

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Wondering how to make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract? You're in the right place! This homemade vanilla extract recipe is so much better than store-bought and just might make you switch to homemade for good!

I love to bake. And even more than baking, I love to use my very own homemade vanilla extract. There's just no comparing the taste. But the key to a great extract recipe is that you've got to be certain to order the best vanilla beans possible.

You can do this by searching online and doing a bit of research. But trust me, it makes a difference. And since most recipes don't take a ton of vanilla, once you make up this vanilla extract, it lasts a long time and makes your baking life so much simpler!

Are you ready to learn how to make your very own homemade vanilla extract? You're going to love the ease of this recipe!

Where to Order Vanilla Bean

There is a couple of places that you can order vanilla bean from. Always check online and at the natural grocers in your area to see what they have to offer. If you can buy it locally, that's going to be your best bet.

I've lived in several places where it was not available except for a crazy price at the grocery store for 1-2 pods. I normally buy vanilla extract at Amazon.

However, if you live in a large metro area and have stores with a wide selection of specialty products... I'd suggest buying local.

If you can't buy local, you need to look elsewhere to see what you can find. Amazon is also a place to look and see what options they have but be certain to read the reviews from others to make the best choice.

Is it cheaper to make your own vanilla extract?

It is. Any time you can make extract at home, it's going to be cheaper and taste so much better. That's just the way it is. Homemade is always better. And fresh is best!

What are the best vanilla beans for making extract?

As you'll see from the recipe below, I recommend Grade B vanilla beans but the best-rated ones are actually Madagascar Vanilla Beans. You can really use whatever ones you want, though.

Should I strain my homemade vanilla extract?

It's up to you. Some people do, some people don't. You'll notice in my recipe below that I don't mention straining it but you can add that in if you want to.

How to store homemade vanilla extract

Once you make the vanilla extract, you're going to want to keep it stored in a dark cool room or pantry, out of the heat and sunlight. I also recommend storing it in a jar so that it's easy to see through. It's also helpful to be able to clean out the jar and reuse it again.

Should you keep vanilla extract in the fridge?

No, you actually don't want to store it in the fridge. You just need to keep it in a cooler place, but not the fridge or the freezer. These extreme cool temperatures can cause it to become cloudy and that will affect the outcome and flavor.

Once you make up this homemade vanilla extract, you can use it in baking recipes like this Instant Pot Banana Cake or this Instant Pot Apple Cheesecake.

Check out our list of Instant Pot Dessert Recipes BELOW the recipe card for Vanilla extract. Since a lot of desserts use vanilla extract, this list is a great resource to save.


Yield: 6 cups (288 teaspoons)

Instant Pot Homemade Vanilla Extract

Instant Pot Homemade Vanilla Extract

It's always better to make your own homemade vanilla extract!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


Supplies used to make the best Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredients for an Easy Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe


    1. Cut the vanilla bean in half vertically. Do this for each one.
    2. Take and pour 2 cups of vodka into the canning jars.
    3. Put 2 vanilla beans that are folded in half into the canning jar.
    4. Once that is done, take and pour one cup of water into your Instant Pot. Put the trivet at the bottom of the pot as well.
    5. Put metal lids on top of each canning jar and put on the trivet in your Instant Pot.
    6. Close the Instant Pot by putting on the lid and close the valve, too.
    7. Put to high pressure for 1 hour. Once that hour is finished, allow it to release pressure naturally. (This will take about 20 minutes of time.)
    8. Let the vanilla extract sit for a minimum of 24 hours.



  • Can my dog have Vanilla Extract? Vanilla extract and flavor are toxic to dogs due to the high alcohol content and drinking even part of a bottle could be a serious health risk, especially for smaller dogs. While cakes and other foods that use vanilla extract are unlikely to contain enough to cause a problem (usually only a few drops are used in baking), feeding your dog cakes and other sweet desserts will not. it is something to be encouraged.
  • Can my dog have Vanilla Extract? The alcohol content in the vanilla extract can be harmful to your cat even in small doses. The severity of toxicity can vary greatly depending on the type and amount ingested and the size of the pet. Alcohol is very quickly absorbed into cats' systems and they can show effects in 30 to 60 minutes. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and life threatening.

Vanilla Extract Poisoning Symptoms:

Diarrhea, Disorientation, Confusion, Vomiting, Slow Heart Rate, Lethargy, Dehydration, Seizures, Death. If you suspect that your cat or dog has ingested a product such as vanilla extract, a visit to the veterinary clinic is necessary.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 11Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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