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Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Make your own Vanilla Extract at home with only TWO ingredients!
Prep Time5 mins
56 d
Total Time56 d 5 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Extract, holiday baking, homemade, vanilla
Yield: 1 8 oz. jar/bottle
Cost: $30


  • 8 oz jar


  • 4 vanilla beans each split lengthwise (use Grade B Bourbon or Madagascar beans for a classic flavor; use Mexican beans for a spicier flavor)
  • 8 oz. jar or bottle with screw-on lid, washed
  • 8 oz. vodka 80 proof, NOT premium quality


  • Place the vanilla beans into the washed jar/bottle. Add 8 oz. of vodka and seal tightly with lid.
  • Let sit for eight weeks, shaking contents once/day. After eight weeks, strain through a coffee filter and pour the extract back into the jar/bottle. Use in baked goods, as directed!


8 weeks soaking.