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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is much more affordable than the store-bought version and it tastes delicious. ($.49 per ounce)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Vanilla
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Resting Time 30 days
Total Time 30 days 5 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 34kcal


  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 8 ounces cheap vodka


  • Slice the beans open lengthwise and scrape out half the paste. Use the paste for another recipe. I made vanilla ice cream, and it tasted incredible!
  • Place the spent vanilla beans (with half the paste still in the beans) in a clean jar and cover with the vodka.
  • Put the jar in a cabinet and forget about it for a month.
  • After a month, open the jar and see if it smells like vanilla or vodka. If it still smells like vodka, put it away for a few more weeks and try again. When you get that nice vanilla extract aroma, you can start using it. (Mine started smelling like vanilla after 3 weeks.)
  • Top off periodically with more vodka. This should last for many months. When it stops smelling like vanilla, replace the beans or add another one.


Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg