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Vanilla Extract Recipe – Easy Gift Idea

Nothing beats the flavor of homemade vanilla extract. Not only is it great in your baking, it makes an awesome gift.
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make vanilla extract, vanilla extract recipe
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 590kcal
Author: Chloe Tuttle


  • 3-4 vanilla beans
  • 1 cup vodka * some recipes use bourbon, light rum or brandy


  • Using a very sharp knife, slit into each bean except for an inch at the end. If you cut too much the seeds will come out and cloud the vanilla. This isn't a problem, just doesn't look as pretty. You can strain through cheesecloth or a coffee filter if it bothers you.
  • Put beans into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Cover with the vodka. Shake.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for at least a month - longer is better. Shake the jar every once in awhile. This wonderful elixir will last for years. As you use it up, just add more vodka, and give the bottle a shake or two.


Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2mg