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Homemade vanilla extract in bottles
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Homemade Vanilla Extract is far better than store-bought. Here is how to make vanilla extract with only 2 ingredients!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Homemade Vanilla Extract
Servings: 1 8 oz bottle
  • 5-6 vanilla beans Grade B Madagascar Vanilla Beans or Grade B Tahitian Beans
  • 8 oz 80% proof vodka (240 ml)
  1. Use a sharp knife to make a slit for one end of a bean to the other end. Use the same knife to scrape the seeds from the bean. Cut the vanilla bean in half. Place the seeds into a bottle with a tight-fitting lid.

  2. Pour vodka into the bottle. Use a funnel so it is easier to pour the vodka into the bottle.

  3. Cover the bottle and shake well to combine.

  4. Store vanilla extract at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Shake the bottle about once per week.

  5. Vanilla extract is ready to use after about 1 month. For more intense flavor, let it steep for about 6 months before using.

  6. You can use homemade vanilla extract with the beans still in the jar or you can strain it before use. Add more vodka to the beans as you use the vanilla extract to make more vanilla extract. Also add more vanilla beans if the vanilla flavor isn't as intense.