Homemade Vanilla Extract - Becca Piastrelli

Hey there,

creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

I've been excited to share this post with you, but had to be patient for reasons you'll know soon enough. I bring you Homemade Vanilla Extract!

Yes, it's true. You can make yourself a whole jug of vanilla in your kitchen, and here's how:


2 vanilla bean pods

2 cups vodka

using vanilla beans

I saved the vanilla bean pods from my white chocolate candies, and decided to put them to use. Place the sliced vanilla bean pods in the bottle, and fill with vodka all the way to the top.

vanilla beans in a bottle

Let the bottle sit at room temperature for at 4-8 weeks, and you've got yourself vanilla extract ready for baking!

making your own vanilla extract

The quality of the alcohol is up to you - I used Boomerang vodka from Trader Joe's. I grabbed the vanilla bean pods from Whole Foods, but I'm told you can get a really good deal on them from World Market.

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