Home-made Vanilla Extract

Once you’ve made your own vanilla extract, you’ll never want to go back to the store-bought stuff! This is a little more time-consuming than just tossing the beans into the alcohol like most people do, but I’m out of extract, so I’ve done it this way to speed things up!

You’ll need…

  • A bottle of liquor (we really like bourbon for this, but anything will do– I had about 20 ounces in this bottle)
  • 20 (or more) vanilla beans (you could do less, but it will take longer to infuse)

Here’s how it’s done…

 

 

 

You’ll need a sharp knife and a spoon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut the vanilla bean open and press the two halves away from each other so that it is somewhat flat…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the spoon to scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put the seeds in the bottle…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the bean…

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat until you’ve used about 20 beans. Put the lid on and shake well. Place the bottle in a cabinet or pantry that you open at least once a day, then be sure to shake the bottle well every time you open the cabinet. You can start using the vanilla after a few weeks, but the flavor will be best after at least a month. If you’ll be giving as gifts (check out my post on Monday for even more homemade gift ideas!!), you can pour it into cute little bottles and add one or two of the vanilla beans to each bottle. The flavor will continue to improve. Enjoy!

Have you made your own vanilla?

6 thoughts on “Home-made Vanilla Extract

  1. I will not lie. I’m super confused about homemade vanilla. I made some myself and did a tutorial. It smells good, but super strong of vodka – wasn’t sure if that was right. All the blogs say different amounts of beans. It’s a mystery to me.
    So, I bought some from Heavenly Homemakers and quit stressing out. LOL

  2. Kaitlin says:

    Confused. You say to reference your post on Monday if you want to see how to make vanilla to give as gifts. I used the search engine in your site to no avail. For those of us that don’t follow your blog daily (and probably will not be starting since it is a bit unorganized), where do I find “Monday’s post”?

    • Kaitlin, Do you realize that you are sending your rude comment to a real, live person with feelings? I offer these posts as a gift and work very hard on them. Demanding my help while telling me you are not even a regular reader and don’t plan to be because I do not live up to your standards of organization is completely inappropriate and childish. Just because you enjoy the anonymity of being online does not mean that it’s alright to leave your manners and basic kindness out of the way you “speak” to others.

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