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Homemade Vanilla Extract

For the expert baker, homemade vanilla extract is a favorite pantry staple
Vanilla Extract


Make your baked goods even tastier by using your own vanilla extract in every recipe.

This recipe is courtesy of The Kitchn.


  • 5 vanilla beans
  • 8 Ounces alcohol, such as vodka, bourbon, brandy, or rum


Split each vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Place the beans in a clean jar or bottle. Cover the vanilla with alcohol, making sure it is completely submerged. Seal the jar or bottle, and shake it well.

Store the jar in a cool, dark place for at least 1 month, shaking it from time to time. After 1 month, taste the extract, and if you want a stronger flavor, leave it to carry on infusing.

Strain the extract through a coffee filter into a clean bottle or jar.