vanilla extract recipe, how to make vanilla extract at home

homemade vanilla extract method with step by step photos – a diy post on how to make vanilla extract at home.

vanilla extract

making vanilla extract at home is very easy and you just need two ingredients:

  1. vanilla beans
  2. alcohol like vokda, rum or brandy

living in india, its difficult to get pure vanilla extract. usually i would buy organic vanilla beans or vanilla powder from super stores and add them to my bakes. then my sis gifted me a really good pure vanilla extract which came all the way from united states. one whiff and it was so good. so when this bottle got over, i decided to make vanilla extract at home. since vanilla beans are easily available both in superstores as well as online, i started making vanilla extract at home.

the method to make vanilla extract was mentioned in booklet that i got with the vanilla beans. so i followed the method from there and just reduced the amount of alcohol.

the quality and flavor of the vanilla extract largely depends on the type of vanilla beans you buy. i used prime beans which are also called as gourmet or grade A vanilla beans. these were vanilla beans from god’s own country – kerala.

for the liquor, you can use vodka, rum or brandy. i used vodka. after a month or so, you can start adding this homemade vanilla extract to your baking or ice cream recipes.

the more you keep longer, the better and potent the flavors become. the vanilla beans continue to flavor the liquor, even after you start using the extract. so just make sure that the beans are always submerged inside the liquor. i kept this extract for more than 5 months instead of one month.

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vanilla extract recipe

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Course:condiment
Cuisine:world
Servings (change the number to scale):1 small bottle
5 from 1 vote
homemade vanilla extract recipe
homemade vanilla extract - diy vanilla extract that can be easily made at home.

INGREDIENTS FOR vanilla extract recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 4 to 5 vanilla beans
  • ¾ cup vodka (187.5 ml or 6.4 ounces or 0.4 pint)
  • a clean glass bottle or jar

HOW TO MAKE vanilla extract recipe

  • you will need 4 to 5 vanilla beans, 3/4 cup vodka (7.6 ounces or 1/2 pint) and a glass jar or bottle
  • now slit the vanilla beans and halve them into two using a knife. you can also slit and then chop them in small sticks.
  • add them to a clean glass jar/bottle and then pour vodka. shake the jar lightly. the vanilla beans needs to completely immersed in the vodka. keep in a cool dry place.
  • once in a week shake the jar and allow the vanilla beans to steep in the vodka for at least a month. the more you keep longer, the better and potent the flavors will be.
  • after the time period, you can also strain the extract. the vanilla beans can be pat dried and then added to a sugar jar or container to get vanilla flavored sugar.
  • after a period of time, you will see the transparency of vodka changes to a deep dark brown color. then add the homemade vanilla extract as required to your bakes and desserts. you can keep the extract at room temperature.
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how to make vanilla extract

1. you will need 4 to 5 vanilla beans, ¾ cup vodka (6.4 ounces or 0.4 pint) and a glass jar or bottle.

vanilla beans for vanilla extract

2. on a cutting board, slit the vanilla beans into two, if you are using a small jar like me.

vanilla beans for vanilla extract
3. you can also slit and then chop them in small sticks.

slit vanilla beans for vanilla extract

4. add the vanilla beans to a clean glass jar/bottle. also scrape off the vanilla seed from the cutting board and add to the jar. then pour vodka. shake the jar lightly. the vanilla beans needs to completely immersed in the vodka. keep in a cool dry place at room temperature.

vanilla beans in glass jar

5. once in a week shake the jar and allow the vanilla beans to steep in the vodka for at least a month. so that the alcohol extracts the flavors from the vanilla beans.

making homemade vanilla extract

6. this batch, i kept for more than 5 months. after the time period, you can also strain the extract. the vanilla beans can be pat dried and then added to a sugar jar/container to get vanilla flavored sugar. i do not strain the extract.

making homemade vanilla extract

7. after a period of time, you will see the transparency of vodka (see above pic) changes to a deep dark brown color (below pic). then add this real homemade vanilla extract as required to your bakes and desserts. you can keep the vanilla extract at room temperature.

homemade vanilla extract, how to make vanilla extract


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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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26 comments/reviews

  1. Hi…please tell if we use vanilla essence instead of vanilla extract in chocolate cake(pressure cooker), will it be fine? Here at my place availability of vanilla beans is rare almost impossible.

    • you can use vanilla essence, but let me tell you vanilla essence is chemically made. you can always order online for vanilla beans or real vanilla extract from amazon.in. but still if you do not vanilla beans or real vanilla extract, then use vanilla essence. but halve its quantity eg if 1 teaspoon vanilla extract is used, then add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence in place of it. more can make the cake have some slight bitter tones.

    • the vanilla beans used in the recipe, i did not get from kerala. i got from super store near my place. but on a visit to kerala, i did get some more vanilla beans from the spice shops in broadway in kochi (cochin).

  2. hi, right now here i get whisky, so can i make vanilla extract from it. in my state it’s hard to get alcohol, but love to get homemade product5 stars

  3. First of all let me thank you for the almost foolproof dishes I have made from the recipes posted by you. Especially the eggless cakes have been a great savior!
    I have got vanilla paste – can the above method be used to make it into vanilla extract.

  4. Heya! Is there a substitute for alcohol (rum, brandy, vodka) just in case I want to prepare vanilla extract at home because being a Muslim I keep myself off alcoholic products.

  5. Hi Dassana, Awesome recipe. I love the way the camera captures the beauty of the vanilla extract ! 🙂 Is there any way to make a non alocholic version of this extract?

  6. Hello,
    Ur all recipes r just so easy to work wd dat I luv trying dem more often.
    I really couldn’t resist myself appreciating d grt efforts by u.
    I hv a query too…
    As m n amateur cook…. Recently started trying my hand on
    Pls guide wt functions can b operated in a microwave having microwave +grill options?
    Can it b used for baking??
    Thanx in advance..
    Regards
    Indu

    • thanks indu. the oven which you have can be used for cooking and reheating food using the microwave option. the grill option can be used to toast/grill bread, sandwiches, paneer or any veggie tikka, roasting veggies, making potato chips, wedges and wafers in the oven. you can also use it for making pizza or naan, tandoori roti or any flat bread that can be made in the oven. but the grill option cannot be used for baking a cake or a loaf of bread. i think cookies you can try making with the grill option.