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homemade vanilla extract in a decorative bottle with cute little Christmas decor in the background

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Melinda | Missouri Girl
Making your own homemade vanilla extract is the best way to make premium vanilla extract with the purest ingredients and is a fraction of the cost.
Prep Time 5 mins
Time for Vanilla Extract to develop 60 d
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15


  • 3 ounce glass bottle for storage


  • 1/3 cup vodka or alcohol of choice
  • 1 vanilla bean


  • Add 1/3 cup vodka to the glass bottle.
  • Cut the vanilla bean into 4 sections.
  • Add the vanilla bean to the vodka, making sure the bean is completely submerged in the alcohol.
  • Allow the flavors to develop for at least 2 months before using, but 4-6 months is best.


You can often find little glass bottles for storage at your local craft stores.
Store in a cool, dry, and dark location.  
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