Monday, March 28, 2011

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

I was almost out of my favorite vanilla extract (organic, gluten free, sugar free) a couple of months ago, and I did not want to spend a bunch more money to buy some more. We have some vodka in the house (for medicinal purposes) and I had some vanilla beans that have just been sitting around, so I decided to try making my own extract. It couldn't be easier and it is better than any vanilla extract I have ever bought. It cost me about $3.00 to make a 4 ounce bottle.

Vanilla Extract
Makes 4 ounces

1/2 C Vodka (we have the cheapest stuff you could possibly buy)
3-4 vanilla beans, cut in half, and then split lengthwise

Place the vodka and beans in a small jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid. Store in a dark place and shake every day for at least 6 weeks.

-I put mine in my cup cupboard so I would see it everyday and remember to shake it.
-The longer it sits, the stronger it will get.
-When my bottle gets down to 3/4 full, I top it off with more vodka.
-If you use a vanilla bean for another recipe, put the empty pod in your extract.


  1. Well who knew! Good tip. I had no idea vanilla extract was made with vodka.

  2. Tressa, This is great. Way less expensive than the real stuff you buy. Thanks.

  3. This is Liz by the way.

  4. @Michelle, it is always made with some form of alcohol, usually vodka or rum. :) @Corey/Liz - It is much less expensive! and much better tasting too.


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