Brown bottle of homemade vanilla extract shown with vanilla beans and spoons from the post How to Make Vanilla Extract

How to Make Vanilla Extract

Once you taste the flavor of homemade vanilla extract, you will never go back to store-bought!

Course condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade vanilla, How to Make Vanilla Extract, vanilla extract
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 48 teaspoons
Calories 10 kcal
Author Dina-Marie



  1. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise.

  2. Place the vanilla beans in an airtight container.

  3. Fill the container with vodka - be sure the beans are completely covered in vodka.

  4. Place the bottle in a cool closet or pantry and allow it to sit for 4 - 8 weeks. I have found it good after 6 weeks.

  5. To reuse, once a bottle is 1/2 empty, refill with vodka and allow to sit for another 8 weeks.

Recipe Notes

I prefer to use vodka to make my vanilla extract and use the cheaper brand. After testing, no difference was found in the taste of cheaper vodka vs the more expensive brands.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Vanilla Extract
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 10
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.