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Homemade Vanilla Extract

If you aren’t already making your own vanilla extract, you have got to put it on your “to-do” list.  Seriously, it is the easiest thing to do, saves you a ton of money and the flavor results are far above anything you can buy at a grocery store.


The most difficult thing for me was to go to the liquor store to buy the vodka.  😛  Any vodka will do.  You can also use bourbon, rum or brandy.  I found a potato vodka that I used for my last batch to be sure to keep it 100% gluten free.  I’ve read conflicting information on whether a grain-based vodka has trace amounts of gluten in it so I wanted to be safe.


The ratio of vanilla beans to alcohol that I use is 5 beans per 8 oz.  Use a sharp knife to split the vanilla beans lengthwise   Place in a glass jar or bottle with the vodka.  That’s it!!


Keep the jar in a cool, dark place and remember to give it a little shake once a week or so.  The length of time until the vanilla extract is ready really depends upon personal preference.  I like to let mind steep for about 6 months as I find the flavor is enhanced with the longer steeping time, but many people start using theirs after 8 weeks.




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4 Responses to Homemade Vanilla Extract

  1. Where did you get your vanilla beans? How much were they?

  2. I made some for the first time last year. It was fun, but best of all, tastes great!!

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