Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

By: Holly Lefevre from
Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe
Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe
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Vanilla extract is one of the most-used ingredients in recipes, from breakfast and desserts to drinks. If you cook or bake, you need this in your pantry. Use this homemade vanilla extract recipe so that you always have it on hand. Vanilla extract can be very expensive at the store, but not when you make your own. This DIY vanilla extract uses only 2 ingredients, but does take several weeks to ferment. This homemade vanilla extract recipe is so easy that you need to make it today.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Primary TechniqueFood Crafting


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Wow, I didn't even know this was possible! Love it!!

I've always loved making this homemade recipe and giving as gifts, and with just a little bit of extra time after they've sat in the alcohol for long enough, using a couple of other ingredients, I've ended up making up batches of homemade cough syrup, as well, using my vanilla extract stock on hand. Also very handy to simply add to a mixture of cider vinegar and honey and end up with a natural throat spray that will help with sore throat, too!

I love the section about canning, especially making your own vanilla extract. I learned to can a lot of things from my mom, but this section has produce and fruit I'd never thought of. Thanks for the great instructions.

What a super easy, cheap way of making a wonderful vanilla extract! I think that vanilla is definitely overpriced. I would love to be able to make my own, and with this recipe, I can do that. I am also curious about the shelf life. Has anyone tried this? Does this last awhile? I know the ones that I buy, usually organic vanilla extract, lasts a pretty long time. Does anyone have any idea if this would be comparable?

This is a super easy recipe! Vodka, Vanilla Beans and time. I think I would use Vanilla more if I could make it myself at a better price. You can make in smaller batches at regular intervals, so you will always have some on hand. Does this Vanilla Extract have a shelf life? Thanks so much for sharing this great DIY recipe!


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