Homemade Vanilla Extract

vanilla - Homemade Vanilla Extract


  • 2 and 4 oz. Glass Bottles (prefer dark glass jars to preserve flavor)
  • *7 Vanilla Beans, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup Vodka 80 proof (cheapest you can find, doesn’t affect flavor)

Single-Fold Vanilla:  13 ounces of vanilla beans per gallon of vodka, for commercial grade.

Double-Fold Vanilla:  23 ounces of beans per gallon of vodka, used by many professional bakers.

*Grade B Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans:  Grade B is specifically meant for extracting and yield the most flavor.  Grade A vanilla beans are meant for cooking.  But if you have Grade A those will also work.


  1. Scrape out the vanilla flecks inside. Add the flecks and the beans to the vodka in a glass jar with a fitted lid.  (Scraping the vanilla bean not required, but makes it appear homemade, which it is.)
  2. Once the extract is ready, place the funnel on the glass jars and fill them with the extract.
  3. Now your job is simply to give it a shake every now and then during the ripening process.

Makes great gifts.