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

It’s easy to make your own vanilla extract, with vanilla beans and vodka, or any other similar alcohol of your choice. Here’s how!


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!

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

It's easy to make your own vanilla extract, with vanilla beans and vodka, or any other similar alcohol of your choice. Here's how!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade vanilla extract
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 557kcal

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Take the 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 the vodka in.
  • 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 2g