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How to Make Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract

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Make the tastiest homemade pure vanilla extract with this very simple tutorial! Make sure to start it 2-3 months before you need it.




  • Fill your jar(s) about 2/3 full with vodka. Next slice the beans in half lengthwise and scrape out the beans – it will be sort of like a paste. I keep the beans in a small glass jar and add them to baked goods like muffins and pancakes. The beans have amazing flavor and so do the pods, so nothing gets wasted!
  • Next place the pods into your jar.  There is no real recipe here, I added about 10-15 bean halves to the jar shown above.  If you’re filling smaller or larger jars adjust the number of beans accordingly.
  • Top off the jars with vodka and let them sit in a dark, cool spot for 2-6 months or more.
  • You can smell the vanilla extract as you go and you’ll be able to tell when it’s strong enough. I have had my batch going for about a month and a half and I’ve already used it successfully in several recipes.


Since I’m keeping a jar for myself I haven’t removed the beans.  I think I’m just going to keep it going by topping off the jar and adding the occasional bean.  Never ending homemade pure vanilla extract perhaps.  I’ll take it!