How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Believe it or not, making homemade vanilla extract is much easier than you'd expect. First, locate good beans.  We recommend Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans.  Vodka is the standard booze suggestion for extract recipes because it’s flavorless and just acts as a canvas for bean’s natural flavors.  If you want the extract more nutty and musky, try a darker liquor like brandy or bourbon.

Yes, vanilla extract is queen of boosting baked goods - but try using your homemade extract in hot cocoa, shakes, coffee drinks, eggnogs, and smoothies.

Vanilla Extract

  • 3 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup vodka, brandy, or bourbon
  • 16 oz jar or bottle

Place whole vanilla beans in the jar and cover completely with vodka.

Seal and place in a cool, dark place in your kitchen.

Give it a shake every day or so for the first week. 

Leave it be for one month.

Note:  You can use the actual vanilla beans left in the extract for recipes as well. They will be moist and you extract the seeds really easily.

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