Desserts

Homemade Vanilla Extract

I feel so fancy! I made my own homemade vanilla extract and you will not believe how EASY it is to do.

Homemade Vanilla Extract - You will not believe how easy it is to make. Only two ingredients!

Say goodbye to artificial vanilla extract with this simple DIY. All you’ll need is some vodka and vanilla beans. That’s it. Seriously.

Homemade Vanilla Extract - You will not believe how easy it is to make. Only two ingredients!

At first, I thought I’d never be able to make my own extract. I couldn’t find vanilla beans anywhere. My small town grocery stores didn’t have it and I wasn’t about to drive to Ottawa to find it. Thankfully, Bulk Barn came to my rescue. They carry vanilla beans. I found them by the cash register. Just ask the cashier when you go if you need help locating them in the store.

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

You will not believe how easy it is to make. Only two ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 vanilla beans

Directions:

  1. Split the vanilla beans down the middle, lengthwise. Remove the seeds inside.
  2. Add vanilla bean pods and seeds to a jar with a lid. Pour vodka inside. Shake.
  3. Store for 6 weeks in your pantry. Shake it about once a week.

It lasts for up to 6 months.

All you do is split two vanilla beans in half and scrape out the seeds. That’s where all that yummy vanilla flavour hides. Add your seeds and pods to a cup of vodka and seal in a jar. Let the mixture sit for 6 weeks before you use it. Make sure to shake it up about once a week.

I started using mine over the holidays in all my Christmas baking. Use it the same way you would storebought vanilla extract. Easy peasy.

Have you ever made your own vanilla extract?



Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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