Homemade Vanilla Extract

Want to feel like a superhero in your kitchen?  Making homemade vanilla extract is one of the easiest and coolest things I recently discovered. I absolutely love the scent of vanilla- it’s so comforting and just makes me happy. With only two ingredients, a jar, and a few weeks, you’re good to go!! I used Madagascar Vanilla Beans from Beanilla, but you can use any preference of vanilla beans that you like- Mexican, Tahitian, etc- they all have their own distinct flavor to them. These Madagascar beans are described as “dark, rich, and creamy with an overwhelming buttery, sweet aroma” and I definitely agree!

It is extremely cost effective if you do a lot of baking, and there are no added chemicals or imitation flavors, so the extract will be much more pure than store bought.  It also makes such a great gift for the holidays, hostess gift, favors, or housewarming parties! I will definitely keep you updated as my vanilla progresses!
vanilla extract Please excuse my not so great photography with this one!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Plain Vodka

5 Vanilla Beans, Split Lengthwise*

Measure out and pour vodka into mason jar.

Split vanilla beans lengthwise, leaving about one inch on each side,  and place in jar with vodka.  Cover, shake, and store jar in dry. dark place  (I’m storing mine in the back of my baking cabinet). 

Once a week for 8 weeks, give the jar a good shake.


*According to the Beanilla website, a general rule is to use 1 cup of vodka (or Bourbon) per 5 beans. 


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2 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla Extract

  1. Kristina November 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm Reply

    This is so cool! I had absolutely no idea how to make homemade vanilla, love this!

    • chelsie912 November 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm Reply

      Same here! It never occurred to me that vanilla is something I could make myself. It is so simple and cost-effective! I cant wait until it’s ready to use 🙂

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