Homemade Vanilla Extract
Learn how to make your own richly flavored, all-natural vanilla extract! It's easier than you think.
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.
- 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.