Homemade Vanilla ExtractHomemade Vanilla ExtractHomemade Vanilla Extract

We are six months from the holidays but this is a gift in jars that we need to start now. A great home made vanilla extract is the perfect item for anyone who you love who loves being in the kitchen. You can pair this with your favorite “cookies in a jar” recipe and it will be truly complete.

Keep vanilla extract in a cool, dark place, with the bottle tightly closed, to prevent evaporation and loss of flavor. Vanilla extract has an indefinite shelf life.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

It's a simple recipe and will be treasured by your recipient.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 d 1 hr
Total Time 30 d 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40


  • 5 whole Vanilla beans
  • 16 ounces Vodka


  • Split Vanilla beans down the center to exposed the pods and put them into a pint size jar.
  • Add Vodka to the jar and screw on ring and lid. Store in a dark cool place shaking the jar at least twice a week.
  • After a month minimum the extract will be ready to use.
  • If you do have some evaporation add more vodka to the jar leaving the vanilla beans in the jar.
  • Shake the jar before using the extract each time.
  • You are looking for this beautiful amber color. The longer the bean is in the vodka the darker the color.
Keyword Homemade Vanilla Extract