Jun 1, 2011


My oh my, it’s June already!!

A couple weeks ago, my friend, Teresa, told me that she was making homemade vanilla extract.  I was intrigued!   And I want to make some, too.  It’s going to take about 2 months – so, this is not an instant gratification project.

Here’s the recipe I’m using:

Homemade Vanilla Extract

  • 3 vanilla beans ( I ordered mine online from Olive Nation)
  • 1 cup Buckeye vodka – or if you’re not lucky enough to have Buckeye, settle for another brand 🙂
  • glass jar with tight fitting lid

Cut each bean lengthwise, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected.

Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid.  Make sure the beans are completely covered by the vodka.

Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while.  Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.

The resulting extract should lasts for years.   Shake before using.

Update (18 months later!):  This batch turned out great.  I kept it in the pantry, which is out of direct sunlight, and after about 3-4 months it turned pretty dark.   I have been using it ever since.   I keep the bottle topped off with vodka after every couple of uses.  I just added a new vanilla bean or two as well.  That way it’s become a bottomless source of vanilla extract!


2 thoughts on “Jun 1, 2011”

  1. I have been wanting to try to make homemade vanilla extract for a while now. I always wonder the extract will work in baked goods. You are now the official guinea pig and I await the results in about two months!

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