Homemade vanilla extract is something I never thought I’d make, but I am so glad I gave it a try. I will definitely be making this again too. With a little bottle of pure vanilla extract costing $5-10+, and with the possibility of the manufacturer putting unfortunate and fake ingredients in your vanilla, it’s a wise choice to make it yourself. Also, it was simply fun to monitor it over the few weeks to watch (and smell) it morph from a vanilla bean inside a jar of vodka into vanilla extract. The smell is heavenly!
Use this extract as a 1:1 replacement for store-bought extract. This makes a great deal of vanilla extract!
For the best, most affordable deals on vanilla beans, head to Amazon or an online seller. In the store, it’s a complete ripoff and will be a fun experiment but won’t save money. In the store I’ve seen them ask $8 for one bean in a glass jar. So, definitely buy online!
- 2 vanilla beans
- one 375-milliliter bottle of mid-grade vodka
- Using a sharp knife, split each vanilla bean in half down the middle.
- Add the sliced beans to the vodka bottle.
- Secure the lid and store the jar in your pantry for a couple of weeks, until the liquid starts to turn brown, then it’s ready to use. (For me, this was about 6 weeks, give or take).
I found a bigger bottle of vodka and measured out the 375mL amount into a Mason jar and proceeded from there.