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Pure Vanilla Extract bottles.

Pure Vanila Extract Recipe

Making vanilla extract at home is so easy. It requires a few ingredients and a bit of planning ahead, but it’s simply unmatched in quality!

Serves 4

4.4 from 7 votes
Author: Nick Makrides
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Course: Basics
Cuisine: French
Calories: 590kcal
Author: Nick Makrides


Vanilla Extract

  • 4 cups (1 litre) vodka (80 proof / 40% alcoholcontent)
  • 12 (12) vanilla beans Grade B Bourbon


  • 4 250ml (8.5 fluid oz)with clip top bottles
  • Knife

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]


Preparing the bottles

  • Make sure your bottles are clean. Unclip the lid, adda couple drops of dishwashing detergent. Fill half way with warm water. Clip the lid back on and shake. Empty the bottle and then run under hot water until it runs clear. Empty the bottle and then turn upside down and allow to dry until completely dry.

Preparing the vanilla beans

  • Good vanilla beans will be slightly soft and bendy. If yours are dry and snap, that’s ok. For bendy vanilla beans, carefully cut them down the middle in half, then cut in half as shown. For snappy vanilla beans, simply use scissors to cut in 1-inch pieces.
  • Putting it together
  • Simply add 3 full vanilla beans in each bottle and fill with vodka leaving a little gap at the top. Leave the bottle in a dry and dark place for 3 months before using. It will turn an amber color when it’s ready to use.


Pure vanilla extract be stored in an a dry and dark area to be allowed to rest and mature and is good for up to 12 months.


Calories : 590kcal
Carbonhydrates: 4g
Fat: 2g
Sodium: 2mg
Potassium : 2mg
Iron: 1mg
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