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Homemade vanilla extract in a vodka bottle.
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How to Make Vanilla Extract

Making vanilla extract is super easy. Grab a bottle of rum and some vanilla beans and all that's left is the waiting.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 bottle
Calories: 10kcal


  • 1 bottle white rum or vodka 750 ml
  • 8 vanilla beans *one bean per 100 ml/4 oz


  • Cut your beans in half lengthwise, I keep intact at one end. Pour off a little bit of alcohol into a cup/jar to make sure you won't overflow your bottle. I had a 750ml bottle of white rum, and I used 8 beans, and didn't overflow it, although it was very full.
  • Store out of direct sunlight and somewhere you will remember to give it a shake once a week or so.
  • After six months, I like to pour about half of the finished bottle into a jar for easy use. I then top off the bottle with more alcohol. By the time I need to dip into it again it has aged enough.
  • I will top it off one more time after emptying half, and I feel that's about as much as my vanilla beans can handle. So essentially you are getting 2 full 750 bottles of vanilla extract with your original beans.


Serving: 1tsp | Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg