Make it Yourself: Vanilla Extract

I had a Going Green with Noah follower talk about how fun and easy it is to make your own here we are!!!

Commercial vanilla extract usually has simple syrup (sugar water) added to the extract to give it a sweet aftertaste. You can do this if you want, but if you are using the vanilla for baking, there really is no need.


  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 1 cup vodka
  • glass jar with tight fitting lid


1 Use kitchen scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut lengthwise down each vanilla bean, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected.
2 Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid (mason jars work well). Cover completely with the vodka.
3 Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.
Lasts for years. You can keep topping it off with vodka once in a while as you use it, just remember to give it a good shake.
You can also make vanilla sugar by putting a split vanilla bean into a jar of white, granulated sugar. Great way to infuse the sugar with vanilla flavor for baking.

Thanks Simply Recipes :)


sunnymum said…
Always fun to make your own! To make vanilla sugar, I pulse regular white sugar in the food processor first to make it super-fine. It picks up more of the vanilla flavor and dissolves more quickly too.
Samantha said…
I really want to give this a try, especially with how much we use vanilla extract in our house.

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