Money Saving Vanilla Extract

Stop paying Tons of money for pure vanilla extract and make your own!


  • 1.75 Liter Middle quality pure alcohol. I prefer Jim Beam, also Smirnoff Vodka is a great option, a spiced rum would also work well
  • 25 Vanilla beans Whatever is cheapest


  • Pour off a few inches of alcohol into a sealable glass container for future refilling of your main bottle of vanilla.
  • Chop vanilla beans in to one inch pieces
  • Add Vanilla beans to the 1.75L bottle of alcohol
  • Close the bottle and write the date of original fill on the bottle
  • Place in a dark cabinet and shake every few days for 6-8 weeks
  • The longer you let the vanilla extract sit, the better quality extract you will have.
  • Refill the original bottle as you use it for up to 5 years.
  • Add more vanilla beans in a few years if you feel the flavor is weakening



I dont know how to make Alcohol free vanilla. This, as far as I know, is the fastest and easiest way to make pure vanilla extract! I hope you have enjoyed my money saving tip!
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