2-Ingredient Vanilla Extract Recipe Saves You Money by Ann Marie Patitucci

a year ago

2-Ingredient Vanilla Extract Recipe Saves You Money

I encourage everyone to make their own vanilla extract. Why? It’s easy to make (the vanilla extract recipe below has only two ingredients), it tastes better than store-bought vanilla and it will save you money. What’s not to love?

Use this homemade vanilla for all your baking and cooking needs. The vanilla should sit for a minimum of three weeks before using, but for best flavor store for six months. And don't worry if the vanilla looks a bit cloudy. This can happen with homemade vanilla.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus a minimum of 3 weeks to sit
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes and 3 weeks
Servings: Makes 1 liter


  • 10 Grade B vanilla beans (see note), split lengthwise or cut into thirds
  • 1 liter vodka

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Place the vanilla beans in the bottle of vodka and seal. 
  2. Store in a cool, dark area (example: a kitchen cabinet) for 3 weeks. Shake the bottle each week. You’ll notice the color changing over time. After using, replace with more vodka. The same beans will continue to flavor the vanilla for up to one year.

Note: Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans are what most people associate with vanilla flavor. Whichever vanilla bean you decide on, choose “Grade B” beans if available, as they are specifically meant for extracting and typically yield the most flavor (grade A beans are intended for cooking). Bonus: Grade B beans are also generally cheaper than grade A!

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Donna John
Yes! I joked with my husband after buying a bottle at the grocery store that it's gone up so much it's like gold now and we should fly to Mexico to buy it instead. lol I used to bring it back all the time from our Mexico vacations. I love making my own vanilla. Thanks for sharing this! Ann Marie Patitucci
Elisa Schmitz
So fun! I definitely will be trying this. I love vanilla and use it in my baking constantly!
I’ve made my own vanilla before and it’s very simple to do.

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