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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Learn how to make your own richly flavored, all-natural vanilla extract! It's easier than you think.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Infusion 42 days
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 36kcal
Author Elizabeth Walling

Ingredients

Instructions

  • On a cutting board, use a sharp knife to cut a slit through the center of each vanilla bean (don't cut all the way through).
  • Place the beans in a glass jar or bottle. Cover with vodka. (If the beans are too long to be submerged in the alcohol, cut them in half first.)
  • Cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks.
  • Shake the mixture once per week to enhance infusion.
  • After 6 weeks, you can start using your vanilla extract. Leave the beans in the vodka for a continuous infusion.
  • Store your vanilla extract in a cool, dark place.

Notes

  • Leave the beans in your vanilla jar after infusing - the flavor continues to improve and deeper over time.
  • Store in a cool, dark place, and your vanilla will keep for more than a year!
  • Use rum, bourbon, or whiskey in place of vodka to add a new depth of flavor.
  • Choose grade B vanilla beans. They contain less moisture and produce a stronger flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal