How to make homemade vanilla extract so you never have to buy it at the store again!
Seven years ago my friend Brooke gave me a jar of homemade vanilla extract. I haven’t bought any vanilla extract from a grocery store since then!
I discovered that homemade vanilla extract tastes so much better in recipes and is WAY cheaper than store-bought.
So here are the simple instructions for making your own. All you need are some glass jars, vanilla beans, cheap vodka and time. I regularly give this as a gift and it might be my most-requested gift!
In general, I’ve found that with enough time (at least a few months), you can easily get 8 ounces of extract from two beans, if not slightly more. So that works out to one bean for 4 oz. jars and four beans for a pint-sized Mason jar.
I recommend these 10 Extract Grade Vanilla Beans on Amazon. Forget buying vanilla extract by the ounce… this will be enough to make 5 CUPS of vanilla extract!
Get your hands on some cheap vodka
All it does is dissolve the oils in the vanilla and burns off when cooking, so don’t waste money on top shelf booze. I got a handle (1.75 liters) of “Aristocrat” vodka on sale for $12.95.
Slice the vanilla beans to expose more good stuff
You will get stronger extract faster if you expose the inside of the vanilla beans.
I sliced into but not through each bean lengthwise to expose the insides. I also cut each bean in half to they would fit into my smaller jars.
Into the jars go the beans and vodka
I made a larger batch in this quart-sized Mason jar, but any size will do. Again, I recommend using about two vanilla beans per cup (8 ounces).
I suggest waiting four to six months for a rich vanilla flavor.
Before you use or gift the extract you can filter out the vanilla residue with a coffee filter or cheese cloth, but you don’t have to to this. I like the flecks of vanilla in my cooking but others may not.
I purchased these brown 4 oz. glass bottles on Amazon into which I transferred two pieces of vanilla bean and then filled them up with the extract. They were the perfect size for gifting!
I have to share my absolute favorite recipe for using this delicious extract with. It’s the most popular recipe on my site and I know you will love it!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
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