Homemade Vanilla Extract

by Shoshana on April 29, 2014 · 6 comments

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I finally have gotten my kitchen back in order after Passover. I always do the change over before Passover very efficiently but in changing back it usually takes more than a week to slowly return the pantries to their pre-passover state. As I pack the last of the Passover stuff away for the year I always tuck in a bottle of homemade vanilla extract. Vanilla extract is extremely easy to make, it just takes time for the flavor to infuse. So every year I make a new batch and store it away, forgotten about and unused, for a year. When Passover comes around again it is there waiting for me.  (It doesn’t really take a whole year for the flavor to infuse, six-eight weeks works fine too).
Homemade vanilla extract has a wonderful flavor and it is much higher quality than the vanilla extracts you can buy for Passover. Quick and easy to make, it is the perfect way to really make the flavor of your favorite recipe shine.  It also makes wonderful holiday gifts, especially if you put it in attractive bottles.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

3-5 Vanilla Beans
1 cup vodka*

Split the vanilla beans in half, exposing the vanilla seeds in the middle. Place the vanilla beans in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid (a canning jar works great). Cover the vanilla beans completely with the vodka and seal tightly. Store in a dark cool place for at least six weeks. The longer the extract sits the stronger the vanilla flavor.

*If making this for Passover use Kosher for Passover Vodka


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Ronnie Fein April 30, 2014 at 4:53 am

I’ve never done this but just got back from Madagascar, where the best vanilla beans come from and I bought a whole mess of beans. MUST make this. Thanks for the reminder.


Alessandra (DinnerinVenice) May 1, 2014 at 4:35 am

Such a wonderful idea, and so useful too!


Sandra May 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

So excited to try this. Can it be doubled? tripled?


Shoshana May 2, 2014 at 12:34 pm

It can easily be doubled or tripled. It you want to make a whole lot you could even pour out a bit of vodka from a whole bottle and fill that space with vanilla beans! Just make sure to use enough vanilla beans for the volume of alcohol or the flavor will not be as strong.


Melissa {lilmisscakes} May 5, 2014 at 10:31 am

This is such a cute idea, I’ve always wanted to make my own vanilla extract!


Sarah Klinkowitz May 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Love this idea!


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