How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract – Holiday Gift Recipe Tutorial

A perfect tutorial for the holidays, this step-by-step video will guide you through the process of making your own gourmet vanilla extract!


Check out the video tutorial here:


$40 for 1/2 a pound of beans + $20 for 1/2 gallon of vodka = $60 for a whole HALF GALLON of vanilla extract!

To put that in perspective, it would cost $160 to buy that much single strength vanilla from my favorite spice shop.
The cost per 4 oz bottle (the size shown at the end of the video) is $4.75, including the cost of the bottle itself. (My favorite spice supplier’s 4 oz bottle costs $13!)

What’s the difference between Tahitian and Madagascar Bourbon beans?
Madagascar is mostly likely what you’re used to if you buy your extract from the store. Tahitian is “fruitier” and lighter. I love both, and I think it’s fun to give both as gifts so people can compare the two.

Can I use something other than vodka?
You can use rum, whiskey, bourbon, but it won’t be “pure” vanilla. There will be other flavors at play. That could be a good thing. Feel free to experiment! Why not?

Should I just throw away the bean bits when the extract is finished “extracting?”
NO WAY, JOSE! Spread them out on a cookie sheet and let them air dry a bit. Then mix a handful into a jar of sugar for vanilla sugar!

Vanilla Beans:

Amber Dropper Bottles:…




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2 comments on “How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract – Holiday Gift Recipe Tutorial
  1. Kristin Dexter says:

    Love your site! Can you tell me where you bought the clear glass jar with handle, used in your Vanilla tutorial? I’m searching for bottles like that in the 4oz size. Thank you.

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