DIY Vanilla Extract Made with Just 2 Ingredients - Joybilee® Farm | DIY | Herbs | Gardening | Print
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Make DIY Vanilla Extract

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 fluid ounces 1x


Vanilla enhances the flavor of chocolate, improves the appetite and was traditionally used as an aphrodisiac.  This recipe uses 1 vanilla bean per fluid ounce of bourbon or vodka.




Making vanilla extract couldn’t be easier.

  • Split 15 to 20 vanilla beans down the middle
  • Remove a 1/2 cup of alcohol out of a bottle of vodka or bourbon.
  • Take the split vanilla beans, along with their seeds, and put them into the bottle of alcohol.
  • Top up the bottle with the reserved alcohol.  Cap tightly.
  • Shake daily, or as often as you think of it, and allow it to macerate for 6 to 8 weeks, up to 3 months.
  • Strain the liquid.  Bottle and use as you would regular vanilla.


In a hurry and need a small gift fast? For smaller amounts of vanilla place 1 split vanilla bean in a 1 ounce amber bottle with dropper lid.  Top up the bottle with bourbon.  Cap tightly.  Label.  It’s ready for gift giving.  Just add a ribbon.

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