Homemade DIY Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is as easy at it gets. Vanilla + vodka + time = ample, inexpensive stash of this divinely flavored extract. I like to split the vanilla beans so the seeds mix in with the extract as it steeps. Every fall I make a big batch to bottle for holiday gifts. It's a gift that keeps giving!

Yield: 8 oz.


3 whole vanilla beans
1 cup vodka
glass jar or bottle with tight fitting lid


Spilt the vanilla beans with a paring knife or cut with kitchen scissors.
Place in a clean glass jar or bottle and cover with vodka.
Let steep in a cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks, and up to 6 months.
Give it a good shake every once in a while.
Keeps indefinitely.


Use liberally.


Keeps indefinitely in a cool, dark place.

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