Homemade Vanilla Extract Is Simple & Easy to Make

Follow this simple recipe to make your own pure homemade vanilla extract. It is a fun project to do at home with friends and is great to give away as gifts!

Picture this – you’re in the grocery store and your healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for pure vanilla extract but you’re trying to save money on groceries and the imitation vanilla is much cheaper. What do you do?
Good news. You never have to choose between pure vanilla extract and imitation vanilla extract again.
By following this simple recipe, you will learn to make your own homemade vanilla extract. And making it is very easy to do.

Homemade Vanilla Extract


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of 80+ proof vodka, rum, or bourbon (80 proof = 40% alcohol)
  • 12 vanilla beans (find vanilla beans here)



Begin making homemade vanilla extract by using the funnel to remove approximately ½ cup of vodka from each bottle to make room for the vanilla beans. Using your cutting board and knife, slice each vanilla bean lengthwise along one entire side of the bean. Place the beans in the vodka bottle, replace the lid, and shake. Store the vanilla for 2-3 months in a cool, dark place.
Shake the vanilla once per week to agitate the beans and speed the extraction process.

Making Homemade Vanilla Extract

When we began…
When we finished…
Homemade Vanilla Extract
How it looks after one week of storage…
Homemade Vanilla Extract

Final Thoughts

Based on the ease and savings of this project, making homemade vanilla extract is a simple and fun project and gives you a high-quality product!
Homemade Vanilla Extract Is Simple & Easy to Make was written by Matt Jabs.

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