Monday, February 28, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Extract: How To

I finally did it – I made (well technically I’m STILL currently making) homemade vanilla extract! SUPER easy. Vodka and Vanilla Beans + Time… Throw it all in an airtight jar/bottle and 8-10 weeks later you’ve got yourself some VANILLA EXTRACT! Holla!!!

If this Vanilla Extract turns out as fabulously as all the hype… this will be a super cute Christmas gift idea for this coming year!! (Check out these adorable bottles/labels: Sprinkles of Parsley)! I’m obsessed…

FYI: Costco sells Vanilla Beans in bulk – I think I got 16 for $12.99 (A STEAL of a deal!!).  At Publix it’s about 8 dollars for ONE – yes, ONE Vanilla Bean – INSANE.

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Homemade Vanilla Extract: How To


An airtight glass bottle (or mason jar)
A high-proof alcohol: Vodka, Bourbon or Rum (80 proof) - I used Vodka
Three vanilla beans per 1 cup (8oz) of alcohol


Sanitize jars (I ran mine through the dishwasher). Using a sharp paring knife, split the vanilla beans lengthwise (down the center of the beans) and then cut in half (if necessary) to fit into bottle/jar. Cover vanilla beans completely with alcohol. Tightly cover the jar and give it a good shake. Store in a cool, dark place for 8-10 weeks. (Give the bottle a good shake every week or so!)

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9 Responses to “Homemade Vanilla Extract: How To”

  1. 1

    Amy — February 28, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Ok…those bottles with the labels (on the site you linked to) are SO cute. I might have to do that!

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    Sarah — February 28, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    Sounds fancy:) Love those bottles!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — February 28, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    what a fun idea! i must try this!!!

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    Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks — February 28, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    Wonderful idea! I love it, giving you buzz.

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    In Katrina's Kitchen — February 28, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? I just about passed out when I saw how many vanilla beans you got at Costco for that price! We don’t have a Costco close by but I’m going to find a friend who does! Sheesh!!! At my local grocery store they are that same price for 3…THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! AHHHHHHHRRRRGGGGGG! – Katrina

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    Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ — March 3, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    just found ur blog – good thing too – i’m SO gonna try this!!!

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    Carla — March 25, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Where did you find the bottles? Perfect!

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