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home-made vanilla extract

Two Ingredient simple DIY Vanilla Extract

With literally just 5 minutes of prep and two ingredients you can make delicious, home-made vanilla extract perfect for all your home baking needs.
Course Condiment
Cuisine European
Freezer friendly No
Shelf life Indefinite
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 250 ml
Author Samira


  • Air tight bottle or jar


For vodka-based vanilla extract:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 6 vanilla beans

For glycerine-based extract:

  • 1 cup glycerine
  • 6 vanilla beans


  • Carefully cut the vanilla beans in two, lengthwise. You can also cut them into halves so they are shorter and fit better into the bottle or jar.
    Cutting vanilla pots in two lengthwise
  • Insert the vanilla beans into a clean glass bottle or jar.
    Adding vanilla pods to a small glass bottle
  • Pour either 1 cup of vodka or 1 cup of glycerine in the bottle. Make sure the vanilla beans are completely submerged. Shake well.
    A glass bottle with vanilla pods and vodka to make vanilla extract
  • Store in a dark corner (in a cupboard) at room temperature. Let sit for at least 6-8 weeks before you use it. Some even keep it for months or even a year. *
    homemade two ingredient DIY vanilla extract


*This extract can be replenished continuously. Simply top up the bottle with alcohol every time you use some extract and make sure that the vanilla remains fully submerged under the liquid.