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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract requires only two ingredients and makes all of your baked goods taste amazing. Learn how to make vanilla extract with this easy tutorial.
Prep Time10 mins
Infusing Time60 d
Total Time60 d 10 mins
Course: Pantry
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make vanilla extract
Servings: 48
Calories: 12kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 1 cup vodka 80 proof or alcohol of choice


  • Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise.
  • Place the vanilla beans in a clean jar.
  • Pour the vodka into the jar and shake.
  • Cover, label, and place the jar in a dark, cool location for at least 2 months.
  • Shake the jar occasionally during this time to distribute the vanilla.
  • After infusing, use the homemade vanilla in your favorite recipes.
  • Store the vanilla extract in a glass container in a cool, dark location. Vanilla extract can be stored indefinitely, but the flavor diminishes over time.


Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 0.5g