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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Learn how to make vanilla extract - a beautiful vanilla gift with free printable labels. Once you have homemade vanilla, you'll never purchase store bought again!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 days
Servings 48 teaspoons
Calories 12kcal
Author Julie Blanner

Ingredients

  • 6 whole vanilla beans
  • 1 cup alcohol vodka, rum, brandy or bourbon

Instructions

  • Split vanilla beans lengthwise. By splitting your beans, or snipping into small bits, you expose more surface area, which makes a better extract.
  • Place in a bottle.
  • Using a funnel, fill with alcohol.
  • Store in a dark cabinet for a at least a month.
  • Shake occasionally.

Notes

  • By splitting your beans, or snipping into small bits, you expose more surface area, which makes a better extract.
  • Storing for 3+ months is optimal, shaking occasionally.
  • Beans can be used for a year - just refill with vodka. If you feel your vanilla extract is weak, just add a few more beans.
  • Vodka is most commonly used to make extract, but try using bourbon or brandy for a fun, flavorful twist.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg