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
whole vanilla beans, 2-3 per bottle
- Use a pairing knife to cut vanilla bean pods in half. Then score each half lengthwise to open each pod.
- 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.
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.