Incredible Homemade Vanilla Extract You Can Make With Just Two Ingredients

Making homemade vanilla extract with just two ingredients is surprisingly simple and yields a high-quality product. Here's how:

Vanilla Beans: Start with high-quality vanilla beans. You'll need about 6-8 vanilla beans for every cup of alcohol. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise with a sharp knife, exposing the seeds inside.

Alcohol: Choose a neutral, high-proof alcohol such as vodka, rum, or bourbon. Pour the alcohol into a clean, airtight glass jar or bottle, leaving some space at the top. Add the split vanilla beans to the alcohol.

Infusion: Seal the jar tightly and store it in a cool, dark place, like a pantry or cupboard. Shake the jar gently every week or so to agitate the beans and encourage infusion.

Allow the vanilla beans to steep in the alcohol for at least 8 weeks, though longer infusion times will yield a stronger vanilla flavor.

Strain and Store: After the desired infusion time, strain the vanilla extract through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove the vanilla beans.

Store the homemade vanilla extract in a clean, airtight bottle or jar. It will keep indefinitely, and its flavor will continue to develop over time.


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