Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Posted on September 12th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I do tons of baking for my family. As such, I use LOTS of vanilla extract. As a matter of fact, I like vanilla extract so much that I use just a little bit in my coffee every morning 🙂

I recently read about making your own vanilla extract and decided that it might be worth it to take the plunge! It was so much easier than I expected it to be.

Here’s what I used:

6 vanilla beans (I used Frontier Organic beans)

1 bottle of at least 80 proof alcohol (Vodka and Bourbon are most popular. But, any will do.)

3 glass jars (about 1 1/2 each)


1. Cut each bean into pieces of approximately 2 inches in length.

2. Scrape out the “caviar” from the inside to include in the jar or bottle.

3. Place in your bottle or jar. I used two beans per jar…which meant about 6 small pieces, plus “caviar” in each jar.

4. If you have dark jars, those would be ideal. I didn’t. So, I used what I had.

5. Pour the alcohol into each jar, seal and shake vigorously.

6. Keep in a dry, dark place where they won’t be exposed to light. I put mine in our pantry behind a bunch of other things.

7. Shake once a day for the first week; then, shake once a week for about a month; then periodically whenever you remember to do it.

The extract is ideal at 6 months but can be used as early as 3 weeks from the time you put it together. I can hardly wait to taste it! I’m excited about my three jars but am thinking about making more to use as Christmas gifts!

It’s fun, easy and healthy.*

Have you made vanilla extract before?


* It’s healthy because you put no additives or preservatives in. It’s PURE extract.

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