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Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Home Brewed" Vanilla Extract


Real vanilla extract is so darn expensive that it makes me want to scream! Why does it cost so much when it is so easy to make?

This frustration has led me to start making my own. With just 2 ingredients, you can make as much as you want!  Then, you just use it in recipes as you would store bought vanilla extract. Combine that with the satisfaction of making your own, and you have a winner!

"Home Brewed" Vanilla Extract
Makes about 1 cup

1 cup Vodka
3 Whole Vanilla Beans, split or about 12 used whole pods

Place the vanilla beans and vodka into a sterilized jar. Let sit for about 2 weeks in a cool, dark place until the vanilla infuses into the vodka. Use in recipes that ask for vanilla extract.


  1. This I love... I'll be making some today! Thank you for this great post.

  2. Very cool! I usually just bite the bullet and pay for the store-bought, but I will definitely think about making my own now!

  3. That's the next thing I have to try with the vanilla beans I got. I'm trying to use them to flavor Splenda but it doesn't seem to be working very well and I'd don't really want to get the other type of sugar unless I can find it in a tiny amount.