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Homemade Vanilla Extract

A do-it-yourself recipe for homemade vanilla extract. An easy and great gift for the holiday season!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


  • 12.4 ounce bottles
  • 1.75 Litre Vodka
  • 24 vanilla beans


  • For each bottle: Wash and dry your bottles. 
  • Split open two vanilla beans lengthwise. Scrape out the vanilla in each bean. 
  • Add to a bottle. Cut the beans in half and also add to the bottle. 
  •  Fill with vodka. Place the top on. Shake a couple times a week. Ready to enjoy in about 8 weeks!


I've also seen versions where you don't need to scrape the bean pod first, and simply just split it open, cut the bean in half to fit, and add to the bottle. Definitely a lot less work! You could also strain the contents later, if you so choose, if you want a completely smooth extract. I kind of like leaving it the way it is, making it very clear that is homemade!