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How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home

Do you ever wonder How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home? It’s super easy! All you need are vanilla beans, alcohol (such as Vodka), and a glass bottle. Perfect for personal use, gifts, and/ or resale.
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, edible gift, extract, homemade, recipe, vanilla
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 8oz bottle
Calories 594kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 - 6 vanilla beans (I used grade B)
  • 8 oz Vodka

Instructions

  • Split each vanilla bean in half lengthwise.
  • Place the vanilla beans in a clean glass bottle or jar.
  • Fill up the bottle with alcohol until the vanilla beans are completely submerged. Cover the bottle and give it a good shake. Infuse for at least 8 weeks, shaking it from once per week—ideally, let it infuse for 6 months.
  • After your vanilla extract has been infusing for at least 8 weeks, use it in your favorite recipes. As you begin to use your vanilla extract, you can refill with a little vodka each time. After a year of using and refilling, remove old beans, add fresh beans, shake, and continue to use/refill.

Notes

 
STORE: Store vanilla extract bottles at room temperature out of direct sunlight. 
 
QUICK TIPS:
  • You can chop the beans into smaller pieces to fit in your jar or bottle, if necessary. 
  • Let the vanilla beans infuse for at least 8 weeks or even more for a stronger flavor. If giving this as a gift before the infusion process is completed, ask your lucky recipient to let it infuse for XX number of weeks. It is worth the wait!
  • If the bottles are for gifting and have been less than 6 months infusing, I recommend gifting them with the beans in the bottle because there are still lots of flavors there! 
  • As you begin to use your vanilla extract, you can refill with a little vodka each time. After a year of using and refilling, remove old beans, add fresh beans, shake, and continue to use/refill.
 
RECIPE IDEAS TO USE YOUR HOMEMADE VANILLA EXTRACT:
 
If you’re going to make this recipe, please read the whole post content to see the step-by-step photo tutorial, get lots of tips, tricks, and variations. 
 
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Please note that nutritional information is for the whole bottle and is a rough estimate, and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg