Vanilla Extract Recipe: This 2-Ingredient Vanilla Extract Recipe Is Simple to Make at Home by Tiffany Zook

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2 years ago

Vanilla Extract Recipe: This 2-Ingredient Vanilla Extract Recipe Is Simple to Make at Home

Looking for a healthy alternative to imitation vanilla extract? It’s easy to make your own vanilla extract for use at home or the perfect gift for the baker in your family. Plan ahead because it takes eight weeks to infuse – but it's worth the wait. Bake up a storm with your homemade, chemical-, dye- and artificial-flavor-free vanilla extract.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 weeks (but worth it)
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 8 weeks


  • 6 - 7 vanilla beans (You can purchase in bulk. Any vanilla bean will work, Ugandan, Madagascar, Mexican, Tahitian or try a bean blend.)
  • 1 cup 70-proof alcohol (You can use vodka, rum, brandy, etc. No need for top shelf, save that for your anniversary.)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cut the vanilla beans long-way and add to an 8.5-ounce bottle or jar.
  2. Pour the alcohol into the jar.
  3. Fully submerge your beans in the alcohol.
  4. Cap it and shake once or twice a week for eight weeks. Store at room temp away from direct sunlight.

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Elisa Schmitz
I had no idea! How awesome. I learn something new on 30Seconds literally every day. Thank you, Tiffany Zook !
Katie Fulton
I forgot about this! This is such a budget saving idea. And easy! Thanks for sharing.
Can’t wait to try this.
Donna John
I'm still using a homemade vanilla I made years ago. Thanks for reminding me that it's time for a fresh batch! Wonder how long it lasts? lol Tiffany Zook
Anne Marie Tarjan Robbins
I’m still using my bottle. I actually kept the beans in and never tossed. It smells so good!
Donna John
Love homemade vanilla extract! I usually use vodka. Tiffany Zook

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