Raise your hand all you electric pressure cooker lovers! And raise your hand if you are thinking about getting an electric pressure cooker. If you are on the fence here is the one post which will make you ease into your decision. Did you know electric pressure cookers are not just for food? Yes you heard me right. Electric pressure cookers can also create ingredients for your kitchen; such as vanilla extract. In only 3 steps you can make the best vanilla extract you ever tasted.
These will be the easiest directions you have ever followed and be prepared to be wowed by your skills. You will never ever buy expensive vanilla extract again because you will be able to make it by the pints.
- Using kitchen shears or a sharp pointed knife cut each of the vanilla beans in half lengthwise.
2. Place 5 vanilla beans in a pint-size Mason jar and pour the vodka, leaving ½ inch of space from the top. Place the lids on the jars and seal finger tight (barely tighten).
3. Place the trivet inside the electric pressure cooker and add 1 cup of water to the pot. Place jars on the trivet. Secure the lid and turn the pressure release knob to the seal position. Pressure cook for 35 minutes. When cooking is completed, use the natural release and not a quick release.
Using tongs or a towel, remove the hot Mason jars and place on a rack or a towel to cool. Let the jars cool completely at room temperature before opening or using. For best flavor, allow the jars to rest for another 48 hours to develop the richest taste. Allowing the beans to stay in the jars develops a deeper taste and flavor to the vanilla extract.
Warning- Do not make this recipe on the stove top or near an open flame. This recipe is strictly for electric pressure cookers.
Making your own vanilla extract is more cost-effective than buying it and the flavor is bolder and richer. Plus there are no added ingredients and you are making the purest form of vanilla extract.
A homemade bottle of vanilla extract is a great holiday (or anytime) gift. Use pretty bottles (here) to pour the vanilla extract into. Cut out and apply these cute labels with Modge Podge.