Who knew it was so easy to make your own vanilla extract?
Who doesn’t love a good quality extract? What may be surprising is just how easy it is to make your own — not to mention it’s a great way to save money.
I make mine with a fifth of 100 proof vodka (the cheapest kind) and Madagascar Vanilla beans
, but I recommend you try this search on Amazon and find whatever kinds of Vanilla beans look best to you. [2/7/2019: Since this was posted seven years ago, a vanilla bean shortage back in 2017 drove Madagascar vanilla bean prices through the roof. You may actually find better prices from other online outlets, such as eBay or vanillabeankings.com, although I don’t have experience with any of them so I can’t make recommendations. Regardless of the current vanilla bean prices, it’s still far cheaper to make a fifth of extract than it is to buy the equivalent in ready-made bottles.]
Once it’s ready, you’ll have about 150 teaspoon servings of delicious, aromatic, homemade vanilla extract!
That’s a lot of vanilla. In fact, I haven’t made a batch in over a year since that amount of vanilla lasts so long. It’s a huge savings!
Once you’ve tackled your first bottle of vanilla, I suggest you check out this article, where you can learn how to make even more delicious extracts and flavorings right in your own kitchen:
- Hazelnut Extract
- Almond Extract
- Vanilla Scented Sugar
- Lemon Extract
- Orange Extract
- Lime Extract
- Peppermint Extract
- Strawberry Extract
- Lavender Sugar
Homemade Vanilla Extract
- At least 10 of your favorite vanilla beans (I love Mexican vanilla, but you may prefer Madagascar or something else.
- A fifth of 100 proof (or stronger) vodka
Originally published April 10, 2012.