How-to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract
Serves: 4 8-ounce bottles
  • 1 quart certified gluten-free vodka
  • ¼ pound 100% certified organic grade 1 extract vanilla beans
  • 4 8-ounce glass containers
  1. Evenly divide the vanilla beans amongst the containers you are using and pour the vodka over top. Give it a good shake.
  2. Store covered in a cool dark place for at least 4-6 weeks, shaking the bottle several times a week.
  3. When your vanilla extract is ready to be used, strain out the vanilla beans and any residue, if you'd like. A strainer, cheesecloth, nut milk bag or even a ladies nylon stocking would all work just fine. I like giving mine as a gift with the beans still in the bottle and with a date printed on the bottle for when it is ready to use.
  4. The extract should be stored at room temperature and, like a fine wine, it will only get better the longer it sits.
Recipe by Tasty Yummies at