It’s so simple to make your own vanilla extract and it requires only two ingredients: vanilla beans and vodka. After you taste the flavor of homemade vanilla extract, you’ll never want to use the industrial version again.
Homemade vanilla extract
- 5 vanilla beans
- 250ml vodka
- Open the vanilla pods in half lengthwise. Put them in a clean jar or bottle, cover with vodka and cover with the lid.
- Leave the vanilla infused for at least a month, in a cool, dark place, shaking the bottle from time to time.
- In the end, if you want a clear vanilla extract you can strain it with a coffee filter to get rid of the small seeds. As you use the extract you can go filling with more vodka. Eventually, the whole flavor of the vanilla will be extracted, so you can also add fresh beans.
Note: At the end, the vanilla extract will have a very dark color. These photos were taken after only a week, so I was able to capture the image of the vanilla beans inside the liquid.