How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Trayer Wilderness Homemade Vanilla ExtractIn our effort to make everything from scratch I have added a new raw ingredient to my list… Vanilla extract…

Learning how to make your own homemade vanilla extract could not be more simple and easy.

All you will need is the following:

♥ 3 vanilla beans
♥ 1 cup of vodka
♥ Glass jar with a tight fitting lid (I like the swing top bottles)

Using a kitchen scissors cut the beans in half the long way leaving a half an inch still whole at one end so as to keep the beans together.

Pour the cup of vodka over the beans 100% covering the beans. Close the jar tightly and store in a cool dark place for 2 months or longer. Remember to shake the jar from time to time.

This will last for a long time and you can add more vodka to top it off.

There you have it…  It is that easy…

Enjoy and be sure to check back for more how-to’s on condiments this summer. I am finally getting a chance to get all my recipes in order…

Blessings to you and yours…  ♥



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7 thoughts on “How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

  1. I’ll be trying this. How hard is it to get the vanilla beans out of the swing top jar once used up though? I love the look of the swing top jar but that’s my concern. 🙂 I use the swing top jars for our homemade mouth rinse too.

    • Michelle, You will LOVE the swing too jars. The beans are very easy to remove and you will be able to easily clean them with a small flexible jar brush! I just love the way they look in my kitchen and bath!! Blessings lovely lady and awesome question….