Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract

You only need 2 ingredients to make homemade vanilla extract: vanilla beans and vodka. Let the vanilla beans infuse the vodka for as little as 8 weeks, but for optimal flavor, wait at least 6-12 months before using. Homemade vanilla is more cost efficient than store-bought options. 

On Feb 22nd, 2022, I made 2 large batches of homemade vanilla extract. This isn’t the first time making the extract, so I plan to shake the mixture every week and let sit until around Christmas time. I’ll then bottle the extract up in these amber bottles for Christmas gifts. Make sure you strain out any lose pieces. Everyone loves homemade gifts for the holidays. Make sure you label your bottles. I always like to add a burlap bow too!

Uses of homemade vanilla bean extract:

  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Donuts
  • Cakes
  • French Toast Casserole
  • Add to your pancake mixture
  • Add a splash to your morning coffee

Here are hundreds of recipes to use homemade vanilla bean extract: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/tag/vanilla-extract/

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