Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ever wonder how to make your own vanilla extract? If you’re like me you assumed that “pure vanilla extract” was simply that, you might be surprised.

Some brands use high fructose corn syrup to sweeten their “pure” extract, which to me just seems a little.. ugh. (We try to limit, as much as possible, an overexposure to processed sweeteners.)

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Avoid sweeteners and artificial flavors by making your own vanilla at home.
Prep Time5 minutes
Servings: 1 Gallon
Author: David Fulton


  • 1 gallon Liquor (Vodka, Bourbon, or Rum)
  • 1 pound Fresh Vanilla


  • Chop beans into segments several inches long in lieu of slicing beans (which seems more time consuming).
  • Add to bottle of liquor.
  • Shake the bottle every once in a while to get things stirred up.
  • Curing should take at least 6 weeks, but this can remain curing for a long long time.

So then what? The fun part is all in the packaging. Individually package your vanilla by filling individual jars or bottles.

Order them in bulk online or check out thrift stores and flea markets for more interesting shapes and colors (regardless of which path you choose, be sure to thoroughly sanitize your jars before use!)

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