Vanilla Extract like you’ve never seen, smelled, or tasted it! This is Instant Pot Homemade Gourmet Vanilla Extract my friends and is powerfully fragrant and unique and will take your home-baked goods to a whole new glorious level.
This post is sponsored by Beanilla because I absolutely love and stand by their Madagascar Grade B Vanilla Beans as being the best I have ever purchased. Read on to learn how to turn those beans into something magical. Gourmet Vanilla Extract in 3 different flavors: Chocolate Vanilla, Cinnamon Vanilla, and Coconut Vanilla!
Are you aware of the term Shower Thoughts? Probably not, cuz I made it up and it’s defined as “The best, most awesome, inspirational thoughts that come early in the morning when all the kids are still asleep and your mind is a still and quiet blank canvas just waiting to be filled with creativity.” And yes, the shower is the prime location for Shower Thoughts to occur.
AND THIS WAS ONE OF THEM YOU GUYS! HOMEMADE INSTANT POT GOURMET VANILLA EXTRACT! I am in LOVE!
Also perfect timing for gifting the most ultimate Mother’s Day gift ever. The gift of Gourmet Vanilla Extract covers just about every individual in your life.
The person who has everything . . . CHECK! They don’t got Coconut Vanilla Extract, Oh no they don’t!
The person who loves to bake . . . DOUBLE CHECK!
The person who re-gifts everything you give them . . . CHECK! They’ll feel like a rockstar re-gifting this!
The person who doesn’t bake, has imitation vanilla extract from 1997, and tells you to take back your Gourmet Vanilla Extract gift and just make her some cookies with it . . . CHECK! Love you mama ????
The person you love and adore and want to give something homemade and personal to . . . Triple Check that one!
The person that is YOU that deserves a crown for working hard everyday even when your head hurts or you’re running on 3 hours of sleep or your pregnant and throwing up every hour while taking care of kids, etc etc etc . . . Check times a million with a cherry nail polish pedicure on top.
This Gourmet Vanilla Extract is so unique and smells like a dream. Vanilla is complemented by notes of cinnamon, chocolate, or coconut and transforms into a flavor that will elevate cookies, ice cream, pancakes, yogurt, and beyond!
You’ve probably heard of buying different kinds of beans to obtain different flavors (like Tahitian, Mexican, Uganda beans, etc). Well this Gourmet Extract is my play on that idea. We’re taking plain ol’ amazing Vanilla Extract and kicking it up 10 notches.
If you’re wondering how my photography abilities skyrocketed overnight, they didn’t. I begged Cami to join me in this adventure and bargained 3 cheesecakes in exchange for her amazing photography. She LOOOVVEEES when I spring these ideas that “Just can’t wait” on her. I know this because we are sisters and I can read her mind. And I’m so glad she joined me because she takes my “YUMMY” and makes it “BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL”.
Check out these labels! Pretty, unique, and you don’t have to do any of the design work! Head to Cami’s post for the down low on how to print her labels and where to order the cute bottles to go with them.
Also, be sure and check out the video below to see how to make the extract and bottle it all up so it looks like you spent thousands on a never before seen bottle of Gourmet Vanilla Extract. You will be the Vanilla Extract gifting queen!
HOW DO I MAKE INSTANT POT GOURMET VANILLA EXTRACT
Well let me tell you!
I picked 3 flavors that I thought would compliment plain ol’ vanilla extract beautifully: Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Coconut. For the Chocolate I used roasted cacao bean grounds, i.e. Crio Bru. For Cinnamon I used my favorite Vietnamese Cinnamon Sticks (regular ones work great too). For the coconut I used unsweetened, large coconut flakes so they would be easier to strain out later, but I’m sure the finely shredded or even freshly grated coconut would work as well.
I took my standard Instant Pot Vanilla Extract recipe, and added the extra flavors to the jar alongside the vanilla beans to infuse at the same time.
After the Vanilla Extract has pressure cooked for 30 minutes and sat undisturbed overnight, you have a couple of options. To let the vanilla flavor dominate the extract, you can strain out the extra ingredients (the chocolate grounds, cinnamon sticks, or coconut flakes) and return infused vodka and vanilla beans back to the mason jar to store.
Or if you’d like a stronger note of chocolate, cinnamon, or coconut, you can let them infuse for a couple of weeks and then strain them out.
Both methods are INCREDIBLE. My personal opinion is that the chocolate and cinnamon impart enough flavor after the cooking process so you could easily strain them out the next day. The coconut however smelled almost like butterscotch after 2 weeks so I HIGHLY suggest waiting that long. I added it to my homemade Almond Milk and am now considering a business in selling Unsweetened Butterscotch Almond Milk if anyone would like to be my first customer.
Note: Make sure and return the vanilla beans back to the extract after you’ve strained it. The vanilla flavor will only get stronger over time. If gifting it, place 1 bean into each bottle. We did not do this in these images or video because we wanted you to see the different colors of each extract.
To gift it in these super cute bottles with this homemade label, head over to Cami’s site for all the details! Or if you’re keeping it for yourself, store it in a dark, cool cupboard with a pourable lid and get super excited at all the possibilities!
TO MY MAMA
I can’t leave you with this recipe without a shout out to my mother. Ever since I was a little girl my mom was always there to listen. If I was scared, mad, happy, in love, heart-broken, anxious, etc, my mom would listen. It’s a gift she has that made her the greatest mother of all time in my eyes. What teenager willingly comes home and tells her mother that she skipped class today to go digging in the mountains with a boy she didn’t particularly like? Or exposes everything she learned from her friends at a sleepover about the birds and the bees? Or that she had her first kiss and thought it was really gross and asks the question, “Am I doing it wrong or is he just gross.” Even as a teenager, I knew I could tell all. And as an adult and a mother, she has calmed my sisters and I through many, many, many . . . many moments of frustration, despair, and hopelessness. And sometimes she helped me laugh when there was just nothing else to do about a 2-year-old that was using the carpet as a potty while I was changing my 12th diaper of the day on my twin newborns (and it was only noon).
I pray that I can be that mother for my kids. That even when they know they might get in trouble or get a stern lecture, that they will always ultimately find love and concern in a heart to heart with their mommy. I love you mom! Life hasn’t dealt you the easiest trials, but your example to your kids is the only reason they are the good, honest, kind people they are today and we owe every single one of our successes to you and your loving wisdom. Happy Mother’s Day!
Now as I go make my mother cookies out of Gourmet Vanilla Extract that she will never use herself, head to Beanilla to order the Best Vanilla Extract Beans I have ever, and I do mean ever, purchased. They are so long and fragrant that I’ve gone from using 8 vanilla beans per pint to 5-6 with AMAZING results. Use the code MOTHERSDAY to get an extra 10% off your order. The more beans you buy, the cheaper they are. My sisters and I bought a pound of Madagascar Grade B beans together and then ended up being just over $2 a piece which is a STEAL when you compare that to many other sources.
I will mention, there are places on Amazon that are a bit cheaper than that, but I haven’t been nearly as happy with them as the Beanilla brand. Plus, as I mentioned, I use fewer Beanilla Beans per pint, so that ultimately is going to save that extra bit. I’ve said it before, let me say it again, you will not find more fragrant, high quality vanilla beans than Beanilla’s. This post is sponsored by them, but that opinion is my honest opinion after making countless bottles of extract in the past 3 years. They are gold!
Be sure and visit this recipe for basic Instant Pot Vanilla Extract and find an answer to every FAQ I could possibly think of regarding this process.
There’s also a TON of good info on how to extend the value of your vanilla beans in this post titled How to Get the Most out of your Vanilla Beans.
Tools/Ingredients used to make Instant Pot Gourmet Vanilla Extract
- Instant Pot
- Fagor LUX Multicooker
- Vodka – try your local liquor stores.
- Food Grade Glycerin(to make an alcohol free version)
- Mason Jars
- Pourable Mason Jar Lid
- Reusable Mason Jar Lids
- Beanilla Vanilla Beans
- Kitchen Shears
- Crio Bru (You can also brew Crio Bru in your Instant Pot)
- Vietnamese Cinnamon Sticks (I found mine for a good price at Sam’s Club)
- Large Flake Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
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Instant Pot Gourmet Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Extract like you’ve never seen, smelled, or tasted it! This is Gourmet Vanilla Extract my friends and is powerfully fragrant and unique and will take your home baked goods to a whole new glorious level.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 60 minutes plus overnight
- Yield: 1 pint
- 5-6 Grade B Madagascar vanilla beans
- About 2 cups Smirnoff Vodka 80 proof (40% alcohol)
- Add one of the ingredients below to make it Gourmet Vanilla Extract
For Gourmet Chocolate Vanilla Extract
- 2 tablespoons of roasted ground cacao beans (like Crio Bru)
For Gourmet Cinnamon Vanilla Extract
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks (preferably Vietnamese cinnamon sticks for the best flavor)
For Gourmet Coconut Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (preferably the large flakes)
- Using a sharp pointed knife or kitchen shears, cut each bean in half and then split in half lengthwise leaving about an inch still connected. If beans are too dry to split, cut them into 1 inch pieces.
- Place the vanilla beans in a pint size Mason jar. Add roasted ground cacao beans, cinnamon sticks, or coconut flakes depending on what flavor you are making. Pour in vodka, leaving 1 inch of headspace. Top with a canning lid and ring and barely tighten (also known as fingertip tight).
- Add 1 cup of water to the pressure cooker pot and place trivet inside. Put the Mason jar on the trivet. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position. Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes.
- When cooking is complete, unplug the pressure cooker and use a full natural release. Do not quick release the pressure!
- Carefully remove the Mason jar, tighten the lid, and swirl it lightly to release more vanilla seeds from the pod. Place on a cooling rack overnight.
There are 3 options at this point:
- Option 1: For stronger notes of chocoalte, cinnamon, and coconut, allow the flavors of the ground cacao beans, cinnamon sticks, and coconut flakes to extract for 1- 2 weeks. After 1-2 weeks, remove and reserve the vanilla beans. Pour extract through a fine mesh sieve to remove and discard the ground cacao beans, cinnamon sticks, and/or coconut flakes. Pour strained Gourmet Vanilla Extract back into a clean mason jar. Return the vanilla beans to the mason jar and top with a pourable lid.
- Option 2: For lighter notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and coconut, let the extract sit undisturbed for 24 hours than strain and replace the vanilla beans as described in Option 1.
- Option 3: For gifting (this can be done after 24 hours if needed or at any point after that): strain the extract as directed in Option 1. Divide extract into gifting bottles and place 2-4 of the slit vanilla beans into each bottle so the flavor can get even stronger over time.
- Caution: Never make Extract in a stovetop pressure cooker or near an open flame. My recipes are written for electric pressure cookers only. Always use a Natural Release, never a quick release. Avoid any type of open flame for the entire duration of cooking, including when the lid is removed after the natural release.
- Alcohol smell may be strong at first but will diminish over a week or two. If still overpowering at that point, return to the pressure cooker for another 30 minutes.
- When vanilla extract is gone, let the beans air dry, then add to sugar for vanilla infused sugar.
- The pressure cooker will fit up to three jars at a time, so feel free to double or triple the recipe.