Homemade Vanilla Extract

January 22, 2016Sew White

With my Homemade Vanilla Extract you can stock up on the delicious flavour perfect for your bakes and without nasty additives.

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Vanilla extract is one of those kitchen and baking things I absolutely love and always treat myself to a proper natural flavour one. I don’t want the vanilla messed around with or artificially made. I came across a simple recipe to make it at home and it is easily the best vanilla extract I’ve ever used or tasted.

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Beautiful fresh vanilla from a French market all the way from Africa. They were so soft yet slightly greasy to touch and the smell from just 10 was so overpoweringly beautiful and delicious. Only touching them for a few minutes and I smelled like vanilla for ages!

Homemade Vanilla Extract
Author: Sisley White
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1 bottle
I used fresh vanilla pods which is why there are so many in my bottle. As well as making the extract the vodka preserves the vanilla so you can use them for baking with later.
  • At least 3 vanilla pods
  • vodka
  1. Take one sterilised bottle.
  2. Cut two of the vanilla pods open and add to the bottle with the other whole ones.
  3. Add the vodka to the bottle almost to the top.
  4. Place the extract in a cupboard or somewhere out of the way for 6 months until the vodka changes colour and starts to taste like vanilla.
When you use the vanilla extract it will be very wet so make sure you don’t add too much. After a long time it will be very strong to taste so you won’t need much to flavour what you’re baking.

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 The vanilla pods in the vodka on day one compared to the vanilla extract after six months in the cupboard. It looks so beautiful backlit! Does anyone else think it sort of looks like aliens or weird underwater animals about to move and jump out? Just me then!

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So beautiful and so tasty! They also brilliant gifts.


  • Alice Gorman

    January 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    What a lovely idea! Vanilla is my favourite scent/flavour – i add it to every sweet thing I make! Definitely going to bookmark this x

    1. Sew White

      January 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      I’m so glad you like it! Have fun making it and using it x

  • Jess

    January 26, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Oh wow I never even thought to make vanilla extract with vodka! I think I’d probably just end up drinking it as vodka though, haha!

    1. Sew White

      January 27, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      It does work really well in cocktails too!

  • Helen @ family-friends-food

    January 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Wow – I’d never have thought it was so easy! That looks fab and I bet it tastes amazing. I’ve never seen fresh vanilla pods but I’ll be scouring the markets now 🙂

    1. Sew White

      January 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      I’ve never seen fresh ones before and the smell is worth it alone but you have to be quick as they go mouldy so fast. You need to pop them straight into the vodka to preserve them

  • Munchies & Munchkins

    January 26, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I made a big jar of this before Christmas, we use loads of vanilla pods for our ice cream and once used you can wash them out and bake them before using to make vanilla extract – love a bit of thriftiness! X

    1. Sew White

      January 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I love that! I will have to try it 🙂

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    January 27, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I would never even think to make my own vanilla extract and it looks so easy!

    1. Sew White

      January 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      It really is and the taste is incredible

  • Low Carb Desserts

    February 1, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    This is so helpful, thank you!

    1. Sew White

      February 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you x

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