Pressure Cooker Lemon Extract is bright, powerful, and will make your house smell squeaky clean.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes
Zest of 3 medium size lemons (try not to get any white pith)
About 1 cup Vodka (I like red label Smirnoff Vodka 80 proof)
Place the lemon zest in a pint size Mason jar and add vodka, leaving 1 ½-2 inches of headspace. Top with a canning lid and ring and barely tighten.
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, use a natural release.
Carefully remove the Mason jar, swirl it lightly, and place on a cooling rack overnight.
Once cooled, top with a pourable lid and use in all your favorite recipes that call for lemon extract or lemon juice.
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.
Alcohol smell may be strong at first but will diminish over a week or two. If still overpowering at that point, return it to the pressure cooker for another 30 minutes.
The pressure cooker will fit up to three jars at a time, so feel free to double or triple the recipe.
Keywords: instant pot lemon extract, homemade extract