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Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 36kcal
Add a burst of sweet delicious flavor with this homemade vanilla extract. If you use vanilla flavoring often, you’ll love making your own homemade version. 
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  • Add the vanilla beans to a clean jar or bottle with an airtight seal. Optional: Scrape the vanilla caviar from the beans with a pairing knife and add it to the jar separately. This can speed up the process a little bit.
    6-8 whole vanilla beans
  • Add your alcohol of choice to completely cover the beans and attach the lid.
    1 cup vodka or bourbon
  • Place the vanilla in a cool, dark place for at least 6 months before using. Periodically add more alcohol and/or beans as you use it up.


  • This recipe makes 1 cup of vanilla extract
  • Buying vanilla beans online or at spice shops can help you save a lot of money-- they’re much more expensive in the grocery store. Here is what we bought.
  • For a more pure vanilla taste, I opt for vodka. For a richer, well-rounded flavor, I opt for Bourbon-- but I always have one of each on hand!
  • I usually give my vanilla extract a good shake every month but that is really optional-- I just like to check on it to make sure it’s moving along nicely. 
Storage: Store homemade vanilla extract in an airtight container in a cool, dark place indefinitely. 


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg