Vanilla Extract from Scratch

Making your own Vanilla Extract from scratch at home is a much more affordable option and with only two ingredients, it couldn’t be any easier!

Vanilla Extract from scratch

You know what’s incredibly, ridiculously, affordably easy? Vanilla Extract from scratch.  A really good, organic pure vanilla extract is not cheap and we just made about half a pint of pure vanilla extract for… ok I have no idea how much exactly, but it was a hell of a lot cheaper than buying that much in the store, that’s for sure.  Oh, and bonus?  We have a lot of Stoli vodka left over.  Can you say extra dirty vodka martini?

Vanilla Extract from scratchThis was seriously so simple.  Oh, and pro-tip, by vanilla beans in bulk.  Those stupid jars of the organic viles that have 2 beans that’s like $11 dollars- rip. OFF.  New Seasons sells vanilla beans in their bulk section for $1.50 a bean. !  I know.  I was so excited when I found that out / pissed that I just spent $11 on two stinkin beans.  Oh well.Vanilla Extract from scratchSo all you need to do to just slice the beans open (you could chop them up too, I guess, but I liked the look of the full beans in the jar), and just add vodka.  Then, let it sit in a cool dark place for about at least 6 weeks and bam! Vanilla Extract from scratch!Vanilla Extract from scratchSeriously. Can Vanilla Extract from scratch get any easier?  Nope.  Happy baking!

Vanilla Extract from Scratch

Making your own Vanilla Extract from Scratch is cheaper and easier than you think!
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  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 3-5 vanilla beans


  • Slice open vanilla beans lengthwise (or cut into pieces to fit in jar) and place in jar. Pour vodka in over beans, cover, and let sit for at least 6 weeks. Give it a little shake every once in awhile.
  • Strain if you prefer, or leave pods and beans in jar to continue infusing.



 Skip the expensive store bought Vanilla Extract and make your own at home with a little time and only 2 ingredients!

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