How to Make Vanilla Extract

You can make your own vanilla extract in just 5 minutes! Make a batch to keep on hand for holiday, teacher and hostess gifts.

As soon as I learned that I could make my own vanilla extract I did. I had all the ingredients, vanilla beans and vodka, on hand so I made a batch in less than 5 minutes flat. That was a couple years ago and I’m happy to report that I haven’t bought any ready-made vanilla extract since then. And I can go through it pretty darn quick!

Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to make and then go make some! If you package it up in little amber bottles with cute labels they make the perfect gifts to keep on hand. Perfect when you’re in a crunch for a hostess gift or an end-of-the-year teacher gift. And if you’re one of those people who is done with Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving, you can make a batch to keep as Christmas gifts too.

 

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

Supplies & Ingredients

4 oz amber glass bottles
knife
cutting board

vodka
whole vanilla beans2-3 per bottle

Directions

  1. Use a pairing knife to cut vanilla bean pods in half. Then score each half lengthwise to open each pod.
  2. Place 2-3 whole pods (4-6 halves) in each bottle. Top with vodka and shake. Keep in a dry, cool place (like your pantry) for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks it will be ready to use. You can keep vanilla beans in the bottle to maintain a strong flavor.

You can make your own vanilla extract in just 5 minutes! Make a batch to keep on hand for holiday, teacher and hostess gifts.

I made my labels using my Silhouette Cameo and some mint green adhesive vinyl I had on had. If you have an electronic cutting machine, you can download my label design here.

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Leave some love:

  1. This is a genius idea as I also go through vanilla extract soooo fast! Thanks for sharing. I must try this out!

  2. It’s so easy 😮 I don’t know that vanilla extract can be made with this easy way. Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I will try it very soon!