Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract

Rebecca C


Homemade vanilla extract is truly in a different league than what can be procured from most grocery stores. The difference between pure vanilla and imitation vanilla is simple. Pure vanilla extract is made from vanilla beans, while imitation vanilla utilizes imitation flavors and chemicals.


★★★★★ 2 votes



  • 1 c
  • 3
    vanilla beans (if you’re looking for a preference you may select madagascar bourbon beans)
  • 1
    clean jar with lid (like a canning jar)

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract


  1. Use a knife to split the vanilla beans
  2. Place beans in bottle and cover with vodka.If necessary you may bend the beans to fit into the glass jar.
  3. Then put the lid on them, give it a few shakes, and then store in a cool, dark place. Leave it there for 2 months, while giving it a few shakes 2 days a week for the next 2 months. The LONGER it sits in the jar the BETTER.

Printable Recipe Card

About Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract

Course/Dish: Other Sauces

Show 1 Comment & Review

20 Tasty Hot Dog Recipes

20 Tasty Hot Dog Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Hot diggity dog! Here are 20 tasty hot dog recipes.

How To Make Homemade Mayonnaise

How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

You’ll be surprised to find out mayonnaise is quick and easy to make at home. A handful of ingredients, probably already in the pantry, whip up the most delicious, silky...

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Easy homemade caramel sauce that is perfect for topping treats and dipping! Click here for the Homemade Caramel Sauce recipe!