It has been awhile since I’ve had a food post. I think it’s because I hate cooking in the summer. We usually spend the season cooking on the grill, which is Stephen’s domain. But I wanted to get a start on making vanilla extract so I would have it come fall. Which happens to be my favorite season for baking.

Vanilla extract is something that I have wanted to make for a long time. If you’re like my mom, you might ask why would you make your own extract when you can just buy it in the store. And to that I say, why not? All it takes is some vanilla beans, alcohol and time.


Homemade Vanilla Extract



  1. Use a knife to spilt the bean in half lengthwise. Leave about 1/2 inch at each end intact.
  2. Put 8 beans into each of the pint size jars. Pour 1 2/3 cups of vodka into each of the jars.
  3. Close jar and store in a cool, dry place for at least 8 weeks. Give the bottle a shake every week or so.
  4. After 8 weeks, strain the extract through a colander lined with cheesecloth into a bowl. Pour the resulting extract into the 4 oz Boston Round Bottles.

1 Comment on Homemade Vanilla Extract

  1. Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania
    September 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm (10 years ago)

    This is easy and worth it! Vanilla extract is such that it is used in many recipes and so, the best would be to make at home. Wonderful pictures!


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