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How to Make Vanilla Bean Extract

Make real vanilla extract so you have an endless supply! It also makes an awesome gift. xo
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Course: How To
Servings: 1 16-ounce jar


  • 16 ounces bourbon, vodka or rum
  • 6-12 vanilla bean pods


  • Using a sharp paring knife, gently cut the length of the pod so that it's split down the middle. Don't worry if you cut through the pod, it's fine. Place the pods in the jar and cover with your preferred alcohol (bourbon is my favorite). Seal the jars and store out of direct sunlight. Periodically give the jar a gentle shake to mix things up. You can start using your vanilla extract after 2-3 months, but ideally you'll taste the true beauty of your extract closer to 6-12 months. You'll know it's ready once the color has deepened, the aroma is rich and the taste is a slice of heaven in your baked goods.
  • Whenever you use your extract, top it off with more alcohol (I oscillate between bourbon and vodka depending on what I have on hand); make sure you always keep your vanilla beans submerged in booze. Whenever you use vanilla bean seeds in your baking, place the remaining pods into your vanilla extract. The flavor will continue to develop and get the most beautiful depth. YOU WILL LOVE. I hope you love your vanilla extract!!
Thanks for baking with me! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your beautiful treats! xo