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DIY Vanilla Extract

  • Author: Mary Warrington
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 month
  • Total Time: 720 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 4oz jars 1x


A fun gift or DIY project at home with family or friends that yields a delicious vanilla extract that surpasses anything found in the store.



  • 18 whole vanilla beans
  • 1.5 liters vodka
  • 12 four oz jars


  1. With a knife or scissors, split vanilla beans lengthwise, then across – you should end up with four pieces per bean. Put six pieces in each bottle, add 4 oz of vodka, tighten lid, and shake. Let the bottles sit, away from sunlight, for a month – shaking every week for better flavor. Dress the bottles up with cute labels and give away!
  2. After a month the vanilla should be ready to use just as you would store bought vanilla extract! As your bottle gets used up, feel free to add more vodka in order to replenish it – the beans will still have enough juice to keep it flavorful for quite a while!