Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe
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Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

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Homemade vanilla extract is a fun gift to give in decorative bottles with attractive labels, for those special friends who like to cook or bake. —Becky Jo Smith, Kettle Falls, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + standing
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + standing
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 6 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 2 cups vodka

Nutritional Facts

1 teaspoon: 11 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Place vanilla beans in a tall jar; cover with vodka. Seal jar tightly. Let stand in a cool dark place at least 6 weeks, gently shaking jar once a week. Yield: 2 cups.
Originally published as Homemade Vanilla Extract in Healthy Cooking December/January 2013, p44

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Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 230991
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

"I have been making this same recipe for years. It is so good and easy to make."

Solomio User ID: 7979165 229538
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"So much better than anything you could buy."

Betty47 User ID: 1613208 181167
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"I do this every year for Christmas gifts, but I did find that you have to cut the beans in order to get the full flavor. What a difference in what you buy in the story. Even "Real" vanilla is watered down."

lafner User ID: 514679 120070
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"I leave mine set in a cool dark place for six months :)"

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