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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Home-made extract is really easy to make. Just add vodka to vanilla beans and wait. You can find vanilla beans online. It also makes a really cool, personalized gift.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheap vodka, dessert, extract, vanilla
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Benjamin Smith


  • Vanilla Beans
  • Vodka


  •  Use a small pairing knife to split the beans down the center while leaving the ends attached (so it does not split in half).
  • Put beans in a large glass container with a lid ( the one in the picture is from a Ikea and works great for this).
  •  Store in a cool dark place for about 6 – 8 weeks.
  •  Optional: Home-made extract makes a great gift. You can buy smaller amber glass jars (as shown) from Amazon or McMaster Carr.