Two vanilla extract bottles next to fresh vanilla beans and a bowl of vanilla extract with a spoon
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How To Make Vanilla Extract: Easy Recipe

An easy-to-make-at-home vanilla extract recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: Others
Keyword: vanilla
Servings: 1 750 ml bottle
Author: Raksha Hegde



  • Choose good quality vanilla beans as it will help you get the best vanilla extract.
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  • Cut each vanilla bean lengthwise and with the help of a butter knife, scrape the seeds out each of the beans. 
  • Transfer the vanilla bean paste into the 750 ml vodka bottle. 
  • Now, cut the vanilla beans into small pieces to fit into the bottle. 
  • Wipe the bottle top clean and close the cap. 
  • Store in a cool, dark place for the 3-6 months. 
  • You can shake it every few weeks. By 3 months, the vanilla extract should be ready to use. If you can keep it for 6 months, the vanilla flavor will be fully extracted from the vanilla beans. You can leave the beans in for up to a year. 
  • When you are ready to use the extract, make sure you filter it using a cheesecloth into a clean, sanitized 750 ml glass bottle. 
  • The vanilla extract is now ready to be used! It can be used in puddings, cakes, baked dishes, and even in your coffee. 
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You can substitute the vodka for rum, gin, or brandy. It works best when the solution has 35-40 percent alcohol. Also, you can use the leftover vanilla beans to make vanilla sugar.