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Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

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 YIELD:96 servings


  • 6 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 2 cups vodka


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

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

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"So much better than anything you could buy."

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."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

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

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