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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Recipe By Scott MacCabe


1 cup

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Recipe By Scott MacCabe

Homemade vanilla extract is so easy and it makes a great gift for your favorite home cooks.

Serving Suggestions

Use in any recipe calling for vanilla extract.

Recipe Notes

Try infusing different vanilla beans into different alcohol bases. We like to pair Madagascar beans with bourbon and Mexican beans with light or dark rum.


Choose a vanilla bean:

Choose an alcohol base:

1 cup (8 oz.) vodka

1 cup (8 oz.) bourbon

1 cup (8oz.) rum

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Madagascar Vanilla Beans

    Our Madagascar Vanilla Beans are Grade A, the highest quality available. Grade A beans, also called prime or gourmet vanilla beans, are pliable and...

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  • Mexican Vanilla Beans

    Our Mexican Vanilla Beans are Grade A, of the highest quality. These gourmet Mexican vanilla beans are plump and pliable. This makes them easier to...

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  • Ugandan Vanilla Beans

    Ugandan vanilla beans are a premium quality. These whole vanilla beans are plump, pliable, succulent, and flavorful. The purchase of these beans su...

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Make a long slit down the middle of each vanilla bean, exposing the seeds. Cut beans in half and place in a clean, sealable 8 oz. jar. Pour alcohol of choice over the beans to cover. Seal and let sit for at least one month. Shake the jar every few days to assist the infusion process.