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Instant Pot® Citrus Extract

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"No need to buy high-dollar extract when you can make your own, easily and inexpensively. This combination of lemon, lime, and orange will give you a pop of pure, fresh, citrus flavor."
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9 h 20 m servings 18
Original recipe yields 40 servings


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  1. Using a vegetable peeler, carefully peel the fruit, trying not to get any white pith which will give the extract a bitter note. Place citrus peels in a 16-ounce canning jar and reserve the fruit for another use.
  2. Add vodka to the canning jar. Cover the jar with a canning lid and ring, but do not tighten the lid all the way.
  3. Place a trivet in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)), pour in water, and place the jar on the trivet. Close and lock the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions, and set timer for 45 minutes. Allow 10-15 minutes for pressure to build.
  4. When cooking is complete, allow pressure to release naturally according to manufacturer's instructions for 15 minutes, then manually release remaining pressure.
  5. Transfer the jar to a cooling rack and allow to sit overnight. You can leave the fruit peels in a jar with a pourable lid, or strain into smaller bottles.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • When peeling the fruit, try to avoid the white pith as that will give the extract a bitter note.
  • The alcohol smell should diminish within a week. The number of servings depends on what amount is called for in recipes you're making.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 18 calories; 0 1.7 0.2 0 < 1 Full nutrition

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