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8 Simple Steps to Infuse Oil or Butter using Your Instant Pot

Updated on March 2, 2019
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Infusing Oils has become increasingly popular as society's awareness of the numerous healthy benefits of herbs and/or spices has increased.

Infuse Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Butter, and MORE

I prefer coconut oil for its flavor and various healthy uses, recipes, and applications.
However, many people choose an unsalted butter for low temp baking, you can also infuse Sunflower oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, among others!

If you are worried about temperature, everything we do here in this recipe is well under 300°F.

High Pressure 10.2- 11.6psi (239-244°F or 115-118°C)

Additionally, if you have concerns about using various herbs at the same time where there is a chance that the aromas may clash in your kitchen, have no fear. Since we are using mason jars, with fresh new lids, each jar can use a different herb and the smell will remain in the jar until it is opened. So no strong odors or otherwise clashing scents are being released.

(Void Where Prohibited)

When using herbs with psychoactive effects, be responsible:

  • Keep your herbs and all products infused with them, safely out of reach of children.
  • Never serve infused libations or products to guests without their knowledge.
  • Micro-dosing is always suggested, there is no way to predict how any single individual may respond or metabolize high levels.
  • It is not wise to drive, operate machinery, or make any life-altering decisions for at least several hours after you have consumed your herbs and the effects have worn off.
  • If you are intelligent enough to follow the recipes, you are intelligent enough to know better, don't break the law.

What You'll Need

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Your Instant Pot or Similar Pressure Cooker: I have the Instant Pot Duo, it's a 6 Quart machine, works flawlessly!Spice Bags or Nylons or Cheesecloth or similar fine straining mesh: Spice bags make for the easiest process, you will need one for every cup of oil you plan to infuse.At least 1 cup: Coconut Oil or Butter or Other oil choice:  I prefer coconut oil for its flavor and various healthy uses, recipes, and applications. HERBS: 7 grams (.25 oz) of your favorite herbs or spice for each cup (8 oz) of oilSunflower Lecithin: Sunflower lecithin is rich in choline and other essential fatty acids such as phosphatidylinositol. Some people take it as a supplement as it is shown to help with acne and improving liver and brain function.Pint Sized Mason Jars:  You will need one of these with a new lid for every cup of oil you plan to infuse. Extra Lids! Be proactive in preventing accidents, use a new lid every time you infuse!Funnel: Nothing makes dealing with liquid easier than a funnel.Fine Mesh Strainer: If you are using quality spice bags or something that stands up to being squeezed and rung out, you can get by without this strainer and just line your funnel with a paper coffee filter.
Your Instant Pot or Similar Pressure Cooker: I have the Instant Pot Duo, it's a 6 Quart machine, works flawlessly!
Your Instant Pot or Similar Pressure Cooker: I have the Instant Pot Duo, it's a 6 Quart machine, works flawlessly!
Spice Bags or Nylons or Cheesecloth or similar fine straining mesh: Spice bags make for the easiest process, you will need one for every cup of oil you plan to infuse.
Spice Bags or Nylons or Cheesecloth or similar fine straining mesh: Spice bags make for the easiest process, you will need one for every cup of oil you plan to infuse.
At least 1 cup: Coconut Oil or Butter or Other oil choice:  I prefer coconut oil for its flavor and various healthy uses, recipes, and applications.
At least 1 cup: Coconut Oil or Butter or Other oil choice: I prefer coconut oil for its flavor and various healthy uses, recipes, and applications.
HERBS: 7 grams (.25 oz) of your favorite herbs or spice for each cup (8 oz) of oil
HERBS: 7 grams (.25 oz) of your favorite herbs or spice for each cup (8 oz) of oil
Sunflower Lecithin: Sunflower lecithin is rich in choline and other essential fatty acids such as phosphatidylinositol. Some people take it as a supplement as it is shown to help with acne and improving liver and brain function.
Sunflower Lecithin: Sunflower lecithin is rich in choline and other essential fatty acids such as phosphatidylinositol. Some people take it as a supplement as it is shown to help with acne and improving liver and brain function.
Pint Sized Mason Jars:  You will need one of these with a new lid for every cup of oil you plan to infuse.
Pint Sized Mason Jars: You will need one of these with a new lid for every cup of oil you plan to infuse.
Extra Lids! Be proactive in preventing accidents, use a new lid every time you infuse!
Extra Lids! Be proactive in preventing accidents, use a new lid every time you infuse!
Funnel: Nothing makes dealing with liquid easier than a funnel.
Funnel: Nothing makes dealing with liquid easier than a funnel.
Fine Mesh Strainer: If you are using quality spice bags or something that stands up to being squeezed and rung out, you can get by without this strainer and just line your funnel with a paper coffee filter.
Fine Mesh Strainer: If you are using quality spice bags or something that stands up to being squeezed and rung out, you can get by without this strainer and just line your funnel with a paper coffee filter.

Not Necessary for MOST Herbs (Decarboxylation Process)

After step 1

Cinch the herb bag closed, place inside of a mason jar.

Secure the lid, "finger tight", meaning, as tight as only the force of your fingers will allow. You want to avoid any water getting inside the jar, without torquing it down too hard.

Once the lids are secure and the jars are in place inside your Instant Pot, fill pot 1/2 way up the height of the jar(s) with water. Use the trivet to control floating before closing the lid.

High Pressure 20 min then naturally release 20 min

8 Steps to Making Infused Oil or Butter:

  1. Put your herbs into the spice bags. .25 oz or 7 grams in each bag

    Some medicinal herbs require decarboxylation or "decarb'ing" beforehand, it's just a fancy term used to activate their medicinal qualities by removing the carbon and carbon dioxide from the plant material. If you do not need to decarb, your process is even faster and easier. >> SKIP TO STEP 2

    • See DECARBOXYLATION note, above.
  2. Slowly melt your butter or oil so that you can pour it with ease. Use caution not to scorch or burn it, as this will ruin the flavor of your final product.
  3. Add 1 TBSP of Sunflower Lecithin in each bag with your herbs. It can be liquid or powder, this will help your body absorb the healthy benefits of your herbal infusion.
  4. Pour your butter or oil through the spice bag and cinch it closed tightly. The more secure the bag is, the cleaner your end result will be from small particles.
  5. Place a fresh lid on each Mason jar and secure it, "finger tight". This means as tight as only the force of your fingers will allow.
    The point is to avoid any water getting inside the jar, but not to torque it down so hard that you are unable to remove the seal after the process.

    Once you have the lids secure and the jars are in place inside your Instant Pot:
  6. Add water to the Instant Pot filling about 1/2 way up the height of the jars. The jars will want to float, which is why the lids should be on finger tight. They should be just fine, but you can use the trivet that came with the Instant Pot to hold them down in place before you close the lid if you wish to play it safe.
  7. Lock and Set the Instant Pot Pressure Valve, then set on High-Pressure for 40 min and Cool Down or natural release for at least 20 min.

    Once the Instant Pot is depressurized and the jars are cool enough to handle:
  8. Open one jar at a time and leave the bags intact. Squeeze the over your mesh strainer, through nylons, cloth, or whichever method you chose and wring out as much oil from the bags as possible while they are still warm.

If all went well, you have a greasy cloth bag full of wet, greasy herbs, place the bag aside for a nice herbal-infused tea or Chai if you'd like later on. Remember to come back and CLICK HERE for those recipes and more!

... If any water snuck into the jars, all is not lost!
Some recipes even suggest making the infusion by mixing the oil and water together inside the sealed jar, as they will separate once cooled. Just remember to use a bowl or other open vessel that will allow you to easily remove the hardened product you wish to keep and discard the water that collected underneath it.

You now have an infused oil or butter that is ready to eat or to cook with.

If you notice plant matter floating around in your oil or final product... you can strain it again as many times as you prefer. If cooled, melt it slowly. I definitely suggest a coffee filter inside of a funnel, but you can use anything that works for you, I have heard people use clean t-shirts nylon stockings, use whatever makes you happy.

You may wish to pour your butter or oil into silicone molds to make sticks or sticks perhaps in smaller containers that can be refrigerated or frozen for a longer shelf life.

Make sure to label your lids and/or jars accordingly, also please be responsible, medicinal oils should always be kept out of reach of children.

These small infused oils and butter make great gifts!!

If any water got into the jars with your oil, all is not lost!

Some recipes even suggest mixing the oil and water together in the jar, as they will separate once refrigerated and cooled. Just remember is to use a bowl or other open vessel that will allow you to easily remove the hardened product you want to keep and discard the water that collects underneath it.

If you notice plant matter floating around in your finished oil, don't worry!

If you notice plant matter floating around in your oil, you can strain it again as many times as you prefer. Remember to melt it slowly so that it can be poured, I definitely suggest a coffee filter inside of a funnel, but you can use anything that works for you, even a clean t-shirt or a pair of nylons, or some other cloth straining material of your choosing.

(Void Where Prohibited)

Just can't stress this enough...
When using herbs with psychoactive effects, please be responsible:

  • Keep your herbs and all products infused with them, safely out of reach of children.
  • Never serve infused libations or products to guests without their knowledge.
  • Micro-dosing is always suggested, there is no way to predict how any single individual may respond or metabolize high levels.
  • It is not wise to drive, operate machinery, or make any life-altering decisions for at least several hours after you have consumed your herbs and the effects have worn off.
  • If you are intelligent enough to follow the recipes, you are intelligent enough to know better, don't break the law.

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