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How to Make Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract


Vanilla Beans

I recommend the use of Madagascar Vanilla Beans.  You'll need 2-3 per 8 oz jar.

Amber Jars

You can use any glass jar, but for long term storage, be sure to use amber glass jars.

Prep Time: 5 Min


– 1 750 mL bottle 70 Proof Vodka 35% – 24-30 Madagascar Vanilla Beans (2-3 Beans per bottle)

If necessary, cut vanilla beans in half so that they will fit in your bottle. Then cut or slice them 3/4 of the length of the bean.

Step 1

Place the cut vanilla beans in the bottles and pour vodka over the beans to cover. Leave a little bit of head room so you can shake the bottle.

Step 2

Secure lids on bottles and shake each one for a few seconds.

Step 3

Store bottles in a cool, dark place that is easily accessible. Every two-three weeks, give the bottles a few shakes.

Step 4

At the end of 8 weeks, your bottles of Vanilla Extract are ready to use or gift!

Step 5

Homemade Vanilla Extract makes for a very thoughtful and tasty gift!  Start now and you'll have plenty for holiday gift giving!