Pressure Cooker Lemon Extract

Pressure Cooker Lemon Extract in a glass jar

4.8 from 6 reviews

Pressure Cooker Lemon Extract is bright, powerful, and will make your house smell squeaky clean.


  • 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)


  1. 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.  
  2. 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.
  3. When cooking is complete, use a natural release.
  4. Carefully remove the Mason jar, swirl it lightly, and place on a cooling rack overnight.
  5. 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