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Homemade Vanilla Extract | How to Make Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is an easy, simple alternative to its expensive store-bought version. Make aromatic & intensely flavourful extract that you can use in your baking and other recipes
Course Basic recipe
Cuisine International
Keyword Baking Essentials, Basic recipe, Vanilla Extract
Prep Time 5 minutes
Infusing time 42 days
Total Time 42 days 5 minutes
Servings 250 ml for every 4-6 vanilla beans


  • 4 vanilla beans
  • 250 ml (1 cup) unflavoured vodka


  • Using a sharp knife, slit the vanilla beans vertically on a clean chopping board. Transfer them into the sterile glass bottles
  • Pour the vodka into the bottles, using a funnel if required. Seal the lid and store in a cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks before using. Shake the bottle at least once a week to help infuse better
  • Use as required in baking or other recipes. Once it gets over, do not discard the vanilla beans, instead add more vodka to the same bottle to make more extract. You could add a new vanilla bean or two to enhance the flavour.
  • You can gift vanilla extract - they make great edible gifts. They make for beautiful festive decor too.