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Closeup of 3 bottles of homemade vanilla extract

How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

  • Author: Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
  • Prep Time: 6 Weeks
  • Total Time: 6 Weeks
  • Yield: 32 Ounces per quart 1x
  • Category: Homemade
  • Method: Steeping
  • Cuisine: American


How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract is easy to make and is a one of a kind gift from the kitchen that is perfect for homemakers, bakers, and family who seem to have everything. I've included free printable homemade vanilla labels with this homemade vanilla recipe.



  • Vodka (best you can afford) (4 cups per quart jar)
  • 5 whole Vanilla Beans  per cup of Vodka = 20 vanilla beans per quart jar
  • 1- quart size mason jar or other decorative jar


  1. Measure Vodka into jars. You'll need 4 cups of Vodka per quart jar.
  2. Add 5 split Vanilla Beans per cup of Vodka. (20 Split Vanilla Beans per quart jar makes the best vanilla extract. You could use less but the vanilla will be weaker.)
  3. Steep or cure for at least 6 weeks before using.
  4. For gift giving you can add 1 vanilla bean to each 4 oz Boston Round Bottle


  • 1 quart jar of Vodka and vanilla beans will yield 32 ounces of homemade vanilla extract.
  • 32 ounces of vanilla extract will yield eight 4 oz bottles for gifting.
  • Don't throw away the vanilla beans after bottling your homemade vanilla extract. You can add more vodka to the bottle with the vanilla beans and start a new batch of vanilla extract.
  • Or rinse off the vanilla beans well and add to a jar of sugar to make homemade vanilla sugar.


  • Serving Size: 4 oz Bottle
  • Calories: 32

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