How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract (Because It’s Cheap and Easy)


1.  I go through a lot of vanilla extract.

2.  Storebought vanilla extract is expensive.

1+2 is not a combination I like.

Vanilla extract is not only unbelievably easy to make, but a lot cheaper than storebought vanilla.

I always buy these vanilla beans from Amazon, because they are very reasonable at less than $1/piece, ship for free, and are unbelievably fragrant.  Here’s how to make some:

Take a few vanilla beans, and split them with a paring knife, stopping about an inch from each edge (so they still stay together):

Place them in a clean jar or bottle, and pour to cover with vodka.

Let the vanilla extract sit for 6-8 weeks, giving it a shake every week or so, and watch as it darkens over time.  Then it will be ready for use!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredients:

  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 1 cup vodka (or any alcohol that’s at least 80 proof or 40% alcohol by volume)

Directions:

  1. Take the vanilla beans, and split them with a paring knife, stopping about an inch from each edge (so they still stay together).
  2. Place them in a clean jar or bottle, and pour the vodka in.
  3. Let the vanilla extract sit for 6-8 weeks, giving it a shake every week or so, and watch as it darkens over time. That’s the tough part, waiting, but you will be rewarded!

Procedure adapted from Joy the Baker.