Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract + Video Tutorial {Keto, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Making homemade cinnamon extract is easy with your Instant Pot! You can use Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract in as little as 1 day. Post includes important safety tips and a video tutorial. Suitable for Keto, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-Free diets. Weight Watchers points also included.

Two gifting bottles filled with Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract tied with a handwritten label set in front of the Instant Pot

After the success of my Instant Pot Vanilla Extract, I caught the bug and knew I had to create more delicious extracts. Today I am making Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract.

Folks, homemade cinnamon extract is something you need in your pantry. It’s perfect for those fall recipes like snickerdoodles and cinnamon rolls. It has soooooo much more cinnamon flavor as compared to cinnamon that comes ground up.

Before making this Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract recipe, please take a moment to read through the safety tips and important information on how to cook with alcohol in the Instant Pot that are included further down in this post.

This makes a great homemade gift too. Once your Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract is ready for use simply transfer into smaller bottles for gifting. This year I am making this for the mini chefs’ teachers at school for the holidays. I’ll tie a cute red bow around each one and attach a recipe on how to make Instant Pot Oats with the addition of homemade cinnamon extract.Three small bottles filled with Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract tied with a handwritten label and placed on a blue cloth towel alongside two cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon extract is great in so many different recipes. I love adding it to my mulled wine for more flavour and the mini chefs loooooove when we add the homemade cinnamon extract to their hot chocolates.

And the best part about Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract? It’s ready to use in as little as 1 day. For the best results, you’ll want to let your homemade cinnamon extract sit for up to 2 weeks before use so the cinnamon can continue to infuse flavour into the alcohol.

Please don’t forget to read the important safety tips and information about cooking with alcohol in the Instant Pot included a bit further down in this post.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract Materials

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Ready to make Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract? Gather your ingredients and I’ll show you how….

How to Make Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract Step by Step

  1. Divide vodka and cinnamon sticks up evenly into two jars. 1 cup of vodka and 5 cinnamon sticks per jar.
  2. Seal your jar lids so that they are finger tight.Cinnamon sticks and two jars filled with vodka ready for making Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract placed on a countertop
  3. Add the water to the Instant Pot insert.
  4. Place jars on the trivet in the Instant Pot, close the lid and set to high pressure for 30 mins.Two sealed jars of Instant Pot Vanilla Extract sitting on trivet inside the Instant Pot
  5. Allow for a Natural Pressure Release of a full 60 mins.
  6. Remove jars from the Instant Pot with tongs. Let cool completely, remove the cinnamon sticks from liquid and store.Two gifting bottles filled with Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract tied with a handwritten label set in front of the Instant Pot

Tips for Making Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

  • Cinnamon sticks need to be completely submerged in the vodka. I made this mistake when testing out Instant Pot Vanilla Extract.
  • Using new canning jars is a good idea. If you are worried you could reuse your canning jar a few times before moving on to a new jar.
  • You can fit 3-4 canning jars inside your Instant Pot depending on the size of the jar and your Instant Pot.
  • Make sure liquid is just below the first jar thread as the liquid needs room to expand.

Two Important Safety Tips for Making Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

Safety Tip #1: Do not use a stovetop pressure cooker or cook near an open flame.

Safety Tip #2: Do not use a quick pressure release EVER with this recipe. You have to do a full natural pressure release as to not release alcohol vapor into the air. Read more below in “Cooking with Alcohol in the Instant Pot” section for how to safely use alcohol in your pressure cooker.

Cooking with Alcohol in the Instant Pot

I have done some research for you so you can safely make your own homemade cinnamon extract in your Instant Pot. It’s important to follow these directions for your safety.

It’s important to not make the cinnamon extract near an open flame and to not use a stovetop pressure cooker. Since the vapor of the alcohol is flammable it is extremely important to do a full natural pressure release.

Making your homemade cinnamon extract in canning jars with lids will also decrease the amount of alcohol vapors that could be released inside your home.

Your Instant Pot will need to do a natural release for at least an hour. Under no circumstances should you ever do a quick release while making an extract or working with alcohol in your Instant Pot.

If you’re still unsure, please contact the maker of your specific pressure cooker to ensure it’s safe to use alcohol in your device.

How Soon Can You use Your Pressure Cooker Cinnamon Extract?

Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract is ready to go in as little as 1 day but for the best homemade vanilla extract let sit for up to 2 weeks before use.

How Long Can You Store Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract?

I have stored it for 2-3 months so far and it has been OK. I know people have said they stored it for at least 6 months. Others have suggested indefinitely.

The Best Vodka for Homemade Cinnamon Extract

With so many different types of vodkas at different price points, of course you’ll need to know what the best vodka for Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract is. My rule for making extracts is if you’ll drink it in a cocktail you can use it for your Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract. Mid-point priced 80% proof vodkas like Smirnoff and Tito’s are what I use. You can definitely use what you have on hand in your pantry.

Other Alcohol Can You Use For Pressure Cooker Cinnamon Extract

You can use bourbon when creating other extracts for a more smoky flavour and other people I know have used rum too.

I Thought You Were Not Supposed To Can or Seal In The Instant Pot?

It’s not canning or jarring for preservation. You will not get the seal canning requires doing this.

The Best Vodka for Homemade Cinnamon Extract

With so many different types of vodkas at different price points, of course you’ll need to know what the best vodka for Instant Pot Vanilla Extract is. If you’ll drink it in a cocktail you can use it for your Instant Pot Vanilla Extract. Mid-point priced 80% proof vodkas like Smirnoff are what I use.

top-down view of glass canning jar filled with the ingredients for Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

What Type of Jars to Use for Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

I have used both Ball and Kilner canning jars (1 cup/250 ml or 2 cups/500 ml) when making Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract. Both companies say their jars are safe for use in the Instant Pot.

I can fit 3-4 in my Instant Pot at a time depending on their size. I would personally use new canning jars. If you have to reuse a canning jar only use twice before swapping them out for a new jar to use in the Instant Pot.

Storage Bottles For Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

You can use these bottles to store your vanilla extract. They make a great size for gifting too. Simply add some coloured string and a handwritten label.

How To Make Homemade Cinnamon Extract – Traditional Method

No Instant Pot? No problem! Here is how to make Homemade Cinnamon Extract with no heating or special equipment required:

  1. Divide vodka and cinnamon sticks up evenly into two jars, 1 cup of vodka and 5 cinnamon sticks per jar. Make sure the cinnamon sticks are completely submerged.
  2. Seal your jar lids and give them a good shake.
  3. Store them at room temperature and keep out of direct sunlight.
  4. Continue to shake the jars once or twice a week for 12 weeks.
  5. The extract is now ready to use.

Differences in Cinnamon

There are two types of cinnamon available for purchase. My American friend had nooooooo idea when I told her Americans use a different type of cinnamon. Here are the differences.

  • Cassia cinnamon is imported from China, Vietnam, India and Indonesia and is what you’ll find most commonly in the United States and Canada. Cassia is a deep reddish-brown colour. A piece of hard bark is harvested from the cinnamon tree and then rolled or ground.
  • Ceylon cinnamon is imported from Sri Lanka and Madagascar and is found in Europe and Mexico though it is becoming more popular in American stores. Ceylon is a light brown colour and has a sweet floral aroma. Ceylon is harvested from the delicate bark of the interior of a cinnamon tree.

If you’re up for the challenge and have both types of cinnamon available for purchase, make cinnamon extract using both and let me know what you think.One bottle of Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract tied with a handwritten label

What to Make with Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

You can use Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract in these recipes:

Easy Cinnamon Streusel Brioche Muffins

Pumpkin Cake

Instant Pot Applesauce

More Homemade Extract Recipes

Instant Pot Vanilla Extract

Weight Watchers Points in Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

There is 1 Freestyle point in a serving of Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract Video

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Two gifting bottles filled with Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract tied with a handwritten label set in front of the Instant Pot
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Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

Make Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract in just a fraction of the time!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 37kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Divide vodka and cinnamon sticks up evenly into two jars, 1 cup of vodka and 5 cinnamon sticks per jar. 
  • Seal your jar lids so that they are finger tight.
  • Add the water to the Instant Pot insert. 
  • Place the jars on a trivet inside the Instant Pot. Seal the Instant Pot and set to high pressure for 30 mins.
  • Allow for a Natural Pressure Release of a full 60 mins.
  • Remove the jars from the Instant Pot with tongs. Let cool completely, remove cinnamon sticks from liquid then store.
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Notes

Tips for Making Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract
  • Cook time does not include time to come up to pressure or for pressure to release.
  • Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract is ready to go in as little as 1 day but for the best homemade Cinnamon extract let sit for up to 2 weeks before use.
  • Do not use a stovetop pressure cooker or cook near an open flame.
  • Do not use a quick pressure release EVER with this recipe. You have to do a full natural pressure release as to not release alcohol vapor into the air.
  • Cinnamon sticks need to be completely submerged in the vodka.
  • Use a new canning jar or a canning jar that has not been used more than two times previously.
  • Make sure liquid is just below the first jar thread as the liquid needs room to expand.
Weight Watchers Points in Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract
There is 1 Freestyle point in a serving of Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract.

Nutrition

Calories: 37kcal | Potassium: 4mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  4. How long can you leave the cinnamon sticks in? Does the extract get stronger the longer you leave them in?