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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla is fun to give in decorative bottles with attractive labels. Share it with special friends who like to cook or bake. —Becky Jo Smith, Kettle Falls, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 6 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 2 cups vodka


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

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  • Mamaw_Ann
    Feb 20, 2021

    I just started making my own vanilla. I’m on a Facebook group that has helped with all my questions and you can get great deals on vanilla beans in their Co-Op. I am only a member but I really like the group. They suggest one oz beans to 8 oz of spirits I hope this works

  • Colly
    Jan 10, 2021

    I've been trying to find vanilla beans for quite awhile now. I guess you have to go online to get them & the expense is horrid! Where is the best place to order them from? Does anyone know who I should order them from?

  • Queenlalisa
    Aug 10, 2015

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

  • Solomio
    Jul 14, 2015

    So much better than anything you could buy.

  • Betty47
    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
    Oct 13, 2014

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