Homemade Vanilla Extract

vanilla extract

This stuff is so ridiculously easy to make. All you need is some cheap vodka, a few vanilla beans, a mason jar, and time. Lots-o-time. But that time part is easy when you store it away and just forget about it for a couple of months. Just mark it on your calendar to check on it every few weeks. Oh, and another good idea would be to make sure you place your jar way in the back of your cupboard, not in the front, where you might need to fumble around looking for spices. I’m just saying that your jar of homemade vanilla extract may or may not get knocked off the shelf and break into a million pieces on your kitchen floor. This may or may not have actually happened to me.

Okay, it happened to me. Started off with two jars of vanilla extract and now I only have one :(

The bright side to this tragedy is it made my kitchen smell delicious for a couple of days.

As far as vanilla beans go, you have quite the option to pick and choose from. I used Madagascar vanilla beans, but bourbon, Mexican, Indian, Tahitian and many others are always a great choice. This vanilla bean sampler looks tempting to try out. Maybe next time.

I think a jar of this would make a nice gift to a special baker in your life or even as a housewarming gift. People will think you’re fancy.


vanilla extract 2To get this party started, slice each vanilla bean in half (almost), lengthwise.


vanilla extract 3

Place into a mason jar and fill with vodka then seal tightly with a lid. Check on it every few weeks and give it a good shake.

Homemade Vanilla Extract


3-4 vanilla beans

Cheap vodka

Mason jar with a tight seal. I really love Weck jars for this.

Cut each vanilla bean in half, leaving a half inch connected at on e end. Place beans into a mason jar and fill with vodka. Close the lid tightly on the jar and give it a good shake.

Place in a cool dark place, like the back of your cupboards and let it set for 2 months or longer.

Remember to give it a good shake every couple of weeks.



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  • Posted July 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM | Permalink

    Great recipe I have never made it before. Thanks!

  • Posted July 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    It’s so easy, helene! Give it a try!:)

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