Homemade Vanilla

I’ve been seeing this homemade vanilla all over Pinterest. I absolutely LOVE me some vanilla! Vanilla candles, vanilla room freshener, vanilla in cookies, etc, etc…

I’m running out of vanilla in my kitchen and thought I would try to make my own. Insert Pinterest! YAY! I mean who actually tries their pins anyway?!

To make yourself some vanilla you need 3 things… vanilla beans, a bottle of vodka, & a jar to put it all in. Oh and some TIME…

I got my vanilla beans from amazon.com (but they got theirs from Vanilla Products USA) w/ free shipping. I bought Madagascar beans.

I went to the local liquor store for my vodka (I bought the cheap stuff) and I went to Hobby Lobby and bought 2 jars.

I tried 2 different ways with my beans. The website says to split your beans longwise and put them in the vodka using 5 beans per cup of vodka. There was a card in the package of vanilla beans that said no need to split the beans and scrape out the seeds stuff also known as caviar, just cut the beans in one inch pieces. I did both ways and we’ll see in about a month how we’ve done…

So stay tuned…

My vanilla at work...

My vanilla at work…

To make your own you’ll need:

5 vanilla beans

1 cup of vodka (the cheap stuff is fine)

1 jar (at least 8oz) w/ lid

Slit your beans length wise or cut in one inch pieces and put them in your jar of vodka. Shake jar and store in a dark place. Shake every day for about a month.

I hear the longer your vanilla beans soak in the vodka the stronger your extract will be, the better, stronger vanilla you’ll have.

See you all in a month with the results…


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  1. Angela a Mcinnis

     /  April 14, 2013

    I am very interested in this. Someone brought us vanilla from a cruise and it is the best vanilla i have even tasted. I worry about what to do when I run out…this might do the trick! Keep us posted.

    • Will do. I had some really good vanilla from some other country that was so good, too. Can’t get that anymore so I’ve giving my own a try… 🙂

  2. Thanks for linking to my vanilla and hope you enjoy it in a couple months when it’s ready!

  3. P.S. “See you all in a month with the results…”

    One month is probably not quite long enough; there is no harm in letting it sit longer. I would plan on a good 6 to 8 weeks. I have some that’s been going 8 months! It gets better with time 🙂 Like a fine wine!

    • Thanks Averie! I hope you don’t mind me linking to you. 🙂 I’m going to let mine sit for as long as it takes. I’ve heard anywhere from 1 month to 6 months depending on how you like your vanilla. Can’t wait to try it! The beans smelled so good right out of the package…


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