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Two jars of homemade vanilla extract on a counter.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is rich in flavor and can be used in baked goods for recipes that just can't be beat!
Prep Time5 mins
Servings: 2 pints
Calories: 12kcal
Author: Amy Duska


This recipe makes 2 pint size jars

  • 10 vanilla bean pods (5 per jar)
  • 4 cups alcohol (rum, bourbon or vodka are good choices)


  • If using a pint jar, cut the vanilla beans in half so that they will fit into the jar. Use a knife to slice the bean pod open, lengthwise, so that the beans can be released into the alcohol. Place 10 half-pieces into each pint jar. (5 full vanilla bean pods per jar.)
  • Fill the jar up with your choice of alcohol and place a piece of wax paper over the top of the jar before screwing on a plastic lid. Give the jar a shake and then store it in a dry cool area such as a pantry.
  • Gently shake the jar every day for 2 weeks. Then once week for about 2 months. After that you can shake the jar every month to help release more beans. It will be good after 6 months. See notes.


  • You can use the vanilla extract around 2 months, but the flavor will not be as strong.


Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg