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Homemade Vanilla Extract

A simple recipe for vanilla extract, to bring all of your bakes to the next level.
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Vicki


  • cute bottles or jars
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 3 whole vanilla beans


  • Using a sharp knife, split the vanilla beans vertically down the centre and scrape out the seeds.
  • Place both the seeds and the hollowed out vanilla beans into a sterilized bottle.
  • Pour the vodka over the vanilla and tightly close the lid before giving it a good shake.
  • Store the bottle in a cool, dark place for at least six weeks before using (I always pop a date on mine just to be sure!).


  • this recipe scales up very easily, just use three vanilla beans per cup of vodka!
  • when the bottle starts to run low, simply add more vanilla beans and top it up with more vodka.
  • vanilla extract will last indefinitely.