Homemade Vanilla Extract


Make vanilla extract as a Christmas gift for Stephanie’s coworkers.




  • Ingredients
  • Equipment:
    • gallon container
    • 2 oz. glass bottles with caps
    • white vinegar for sanitizing
    • turkey baster



Making the Extract

  1. Fill container with vodka
  2. Slit beans lengthwise with a sharp knife
  3. Place in vodka, close tightly.
  4. Store in cool, dark place for 2 months.

Fill Bottles

  1. Sanitize bottles in 50/50 vinegar-water mix for 10 minutes
  2. Dry
  3. Use turkey baster to fill bottles (weigh on a scale to ensure even distribution)
  4. Cut some vanilla beans in thirds (cross-section) and place in bottles.
  5. Cap.
  6. Label.


Results and observations:

Very fragrant. There seems to be enough flavor left in the beans to be able to repeat the process.