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Homemade Vanilla is actually easier than you think, however, it does take time.


empty bottle like this or one you already have a home will work too

alcohol (30 – 40% alcohol by volume) Vodka or Bourbon work well



4-6 whole vanilla beans



Dark bottles like these for storing or packaging

  1. Cut vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the caviar (or vanilla seeds) place into bottle. Cut vanilla beans in half if needed to fit in bottle.
  2. fill with vodka or bourbon

20151013_1622593. Place in warm dark space for 4 – 6 weeks


4. Shake about once a week.

5. 6 weeks in it should be darker and done. Strain vanilla through cheesecloth and store in dark bottles.




  • How bazaar that I had never considered how vanilla was made. Thanks for enlightening me, I use it all the time in cooking. How does a home made version taste?

    • It’s actually very easy. It just takes time.

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