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Vanilla Extract Recipe

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Learning how to make vanilla extract is the easiest thing ever. It requires only 2 ingredients and makes all of your baked goods taste and smell incredible. Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking! Once you make your own homemade vanilla extract, there’s just no going back to the store-bought version. As a bonus, you can refill real vanilla extract with more vodka as it runs out so it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

These make for darling and thoughtful DIY Christmas gifts (see tutorial below). My cousin’s wife, Alla, shared this awesome idea with me for gifting homemade vanilla extract and now all my sisters and friends know exactly what they’re getting for Christmas! lol.

I included links to all of the tools and resources that I used to make these from the sweet little glass bottles on Amazon to the labels I designed which you can print at home. There’s also a full visual tutorial on wrapping these in kitchen towels. I really enjoyed making these and I will enjoy giving them away even more!

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

Vanilla Extract Ingredients (makes 12 (4oz) jars):

18-20 vanilla beans
48 oz plain vodka* (80 proof works great)

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

It’s easy to scale this recipe up or down, the proportions are 3 whole vanilla beans per 1 cup (8 oz) vodka, or 1 1/2 vanilla beans per 1/2 cup (4 oz) vodka.

*It’s not necessary to get the most expensive brand of vodka; something middle of the road like Smirnoff triple distilled 80 proof will work just fine. I found this at the liquor store and paid $25 for a giant jug. I’ll be refilling my vanilla a long time :). My cousin used the Vodka sold at Costco (Washington Costco’s carry liquor, but Idaho’s don’t).

Tools you’ll need for Homemade Vanilla Extract:

Small funnel or measuring cup with pouring lip
12 (4oz) clear bottles with lids (avoid cork lids – alcohol evaporates through the cork)
Labels (click here to save and print the labels I designed FREE!)
Kitchen scissors or sharp knife

How to Make Vanilla Extract:

1. Wash and sanitize bottles and lids. I washed with mild soapy water, rinsed then swirled with boiling hot water to sanitize them.

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2. Cut beans in half then Split beans. I found this is easiest with kitchen scissors. Cutting them about halfway down the stem. If the beans are too dry to split, cut them into 1″ pieces. Place a total of 1 1/2 whole beans in each jar (or 3 split halves).

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

3. Use a funnel or measuring cup to pour vodka to the top of the jar. Cover tightly with lid and let them brew for 2 months, shaking occasionally.

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

Apply the FREE vanilla extract labels by printing them on label paper or by gluing them onto the bottles. You should give the vanilla a little shake every now and then for the next couple of months as it sits. It will turn a beautiful amber color when it’s ready to use. The instructions are right on the label so you don’t have to wait that long to gift them ;).

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Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

For Creative Gifting:

12 yards of yarn or kitchen string
12 kitchen towels for gifting, preferably tea towel style
12 small/medium cookie cutters

How to Wrap a Gift With a Kitchen Towel:

Fold a kitchen towel in half lengthwise and then in half again lengthwise. Place vanilla in the upper left corner, fold over the bottom flap, roll into a log and tie the top with a string or ribbon directly over the next of where the bottle is sitting inside the towel.

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

Vanilla Extract Recipe

4.88 from 72 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
How to make Homemade Vanilla Extract - it's so easy and only requires 2 ingredients! This will become your secret ingredient for baking.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: Varies by amounts and packaging
Servings: 12 (4oz) jars

Ingredients

Vanilla Extract Ingredients (makes 12 (4oz) jars):

  • 18-20 vanilla beans I used Grade B Bourbon
  • 48 oz plain vodka* 80 proof works great

Tools you'll need for Homemade Vanilla Extract:

  • Small funnel or measuring cup with pouring lip
  • 12 4oz clear bottles with lids (avoid cork lids)
  • Labels click here to save and print the labels
  • Kitchen scissors or sharp knife

Instructions

  1. Wash and sanitize bottles and lids: Wash with mild soapy water, rinse, then carefully swirl with boiling hot water to sanitize them.
  2. Cut beans in half then Split beans (it's easiest with kitchen scissors), cutting them about halfway down the stem. If the beans are too dry to split, cut them into 1" pieces. Place a total of 1 1/2 whole beans in each jar (or 3 split halves).
  3. Use a funnel to pour vodka to the top of jar. Cover tightly with lid and let them brew for 2 months, shaking occasionally.

Recipe Notes

It's easy to scale this recipe up or down, the proportions are 3 whole vanilla beans per 1 cup (8 oz) vodka, or 1 1/2 vanilla beans per 1/2 cup (4 oz) vodka.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

 

Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com
Learn how to make vanilla extract with 2 ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract will be your secret ingredient for baking. The best vanilla extract recipe! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • JoAnne
    December 3, 2019

    what size are the avery labels you use to put on the bottles? Reply

  • Meredith
    December 2, 2019

    Hi! I love this idea and recipe. I’m having trouble lining up the labels on the label sheet. Are you able to send it to me another way or do you have a trick for it to line up?
    Thanks!
    Meredith Reply

    • Natasha
      December 3, 2019

      Hi Meredith, are you using the same brand of labels? Make sure when printing that you are printing at 100% on your printer settings without any “shrink to fit” or scale to page settings activated. Sometimes printer settings will have that set automatically but it will throw off the scale and won’t line up with labels. I hope that helps to troubleshoot. Reply

  • Linda Krzykowski
    December 1, 2019

    Love this recipe, the detailed instructions and the free labels! Thank you for the links to the beans and jars you used. I am making them for my daughters for Christmas gifts! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 2, 2019

      You’re welcome, Linda! This is one of our favorite gifts to give. Reply

  • Barbara
    November 30, 2019

    Natasha you’re the best. I have to be the worlds worst cook and your recipes make me look good. I made your lasagna rolls ups for dinner. My husband raved about them and ate several. He said they were the best I had ever made, and I have to agree. Thanks a million. Your recipes are easy and very tasty. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 1, 2019

      Looks like you’re going to have to make them over and over again! That’s so great! Reply

  • SUSAN BOLOTTE
    November 30, 2019

    I am in love with this site!!!!!!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 30, 2019

      Thank you for stopping by! Reply

  • Danielle
    November 28, 2019

    I stumbled upon this awesome gift idea while making your easy caramel recipe!
    Thank you for having everything ready; you couldn’t have done a better job explaining and having links to make these a breeze! Thank you a thousand times!!!!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 28, 2019

      I’m so glad you found that useful. Thank you for the wonderful review and I hope you also loved the caramel! Reply

  • Michele
    November 12, 2019

    Thanks so much for providing this recipe & all the details, link, & info! Something I did not see — why would one not just add all of the split vanilla beans to one big bottle of vodka (make sure right amount), then funnel them through cheesecloth into the smaller bottles when they are done? I know you wouldn’t be able to give the gift before it’s done in that case, but if one started 2 months before gift giving, timing would work. It seems easier & will prevent the bits from floating in it. Someone made it for me one time, and it turned me off to have floaters, esp when combined with a more alcoholic smell than used to from store-bought. Thanks again! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 12, 2019

      Hi Michele, I suppose that method would work as well, but it is nice to have some beans in each bottle because the receiver of that gift can gradually refill with vodka to make it last and last. Reply

      • Michele
        November 13, 2019

        That makes sense, thank you! Plus, there is a cool factor to it  Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 13, 2019

          You’re welcome! Reply

  • Sharon Hallengren
    November 9, 2019

    Unable to find link for label
    For bottles of vanilla? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2019

      Hi Sharon, here is the label template I designed and here are the sticker labels that work for this design. Reply

      • Linda Latawiec
        November 12, 2019

        what size are these labels? I need to buy the stickers to print on! that you soooo much, Linda Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 12, 2019

          Hi Linda, The label sheet was 8 1/2 by 11 and I cut out the circles. I wasn’t able to find pre-cut circles. Reply

  • Ghenet
    November 9, 2019

    Wow. Do you sell this?
    I would really want to buy one of the vanilla extract? Reply

  • Dawn
    November 9, 2019

    Where did you get the vanilla beans? Sounds like a great Christmas gift. Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2019

      Hi Dawn, we got them on Amazon. The exact ones we bought are currently out of stock so we linked the next best thing in the post above. Reply

  • November 9, 2019

    My vanilla extract has small pieces floating in it. Also, the bottles have a brown ring around the top. Should I strain it so I could wash the bottles. Would I use cheese cloth? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2019

      Hi Marilyn, if it is vanilla seeds, they will eventually settle at the bottom without needing to wash the bottles. If the mixture is cloudy – it could be something was on the beans or the bottle wasn’t fully clean – in that case, you could strain the bottles with cheesecloth so you can reuse the liquor and beans. I would rinse the empty bottles with boiling hot water (carefully of course). I like to swirl hot water in my jars before using. Reply

  • Amy
    November 4, 2019

    In making the homemade Vanilla Extract; Ok.,,.. I cut each vanilla stick in half then slit each stick. Now I have particles. Should those be strained or just leave it? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2019

      Hi Amy, typically you might see a few seeds settle at the bottom if you split the beans but it shouldn’t fill the bottle. Vanilla extract is normally deep amber color and clear of particles. Reply

      • Janelle
        December 3, 2019

        My labels also do not align. Sadly, the link with the clear bottles sent me droplets instead of the bottles shown =( Reply

        • Natasha
          December 3, 2019

          Hi Janelle, I would definitely return those if they sent you dropper bottles. The ones linked are the correct ones and the same ones we purchased. I wonder if maybe you clicked another one afterward or maybe they just sent the wrong ones by mistake – that is definitely frustrating. Also, make sure you are printing at 100% and not scaled any differently (check that your printer isn’t automatically doing a “shrink to fit” setting). I hope that helps. Reply

  • Jennifer
    November 4, 2019

    Hi!

    I am excited to make this great gift idea! Thank you so much for all the time you put into creating this. Just wanted you to know, you have the round labels on your link. They are not aligned properly (I have tried) so you might want to change the link to a full sheet as you have suggested, before anyone else buys them. Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 4, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with me, Jennifer! Reply

  • jolyn stoffel
    November 1, 2019

    P.S. I also will be making the almond extract, lemon and lime extracts and packaging the 4 together. Do you have labels for these three Reply

    • Natasha
      November 1, 2019

      Hi Jolyn, I don’t have those three, but they do have a free design service on their site where you could make them. Reply

      • Kathy
        November 9, 2019

        What is the design site For the labels please. Reply

    • Thea Bothma
      November 30, 2019

      Please could you tell me how to make lemon extract? It is never available in South Africa and my lemony recipes always call for lemon extract. Reply

  • jolyn stoffel
    November 1, 2019

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this great gift idea, recipe and instructions for packaging. I am not that smart when it comes to technology. I bought the labels from your link-thank you! I downloaded your labels and print a sheet but it does not line up with the actual label. Can you help? I looked on the Avery site and do not find your completed template only the blank Avery one. I have my bottles done. I have the tea towels and kitchen twine and hope they come out as beautiful as yours. P.S. I love watching you cook! Your spunky, positive attitude brightens my day! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 1, 2019

      Hi Jolyn, we followed the Avery template when designing – I wonder if maybe you need to adjust printer settings to make sure it’s printing at 100% of the size and not “fit to page” or scaled to the page. Also, make sure to use this template for printing. Reply

      • Jolyn stoffel
        November 3, 2019

        Thanks so much . I will check! See what i mean about not being tech savvy. Reply

  • Amy
    October 29, 2019

    I love this recipe! This is a great gift idea!! I would like to know if you have any other great homemade ideas like this. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 29, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Amy! Thank you for that suggestion. Reply

  • Kirsten Johnson
    October 28, 2019

    Thank you for the great information. At Costco I saw their Gourmet vanilla beans and decided to try making vanilla extract for the first time. Now I read I needed grade B not the gourmet beans, and worried the Costco beans will not make a good extract? Reply

    • Natasha
      October 28, 2019

      Hi Kirsten, Grade A or gourmet beans are more expensive generally and softer so they are used for baking since it’s easier to scrape out the seeds. They do still work for vanilla extract. Reply

  • Marwa
    October 28, 2019

    Hello
    Can i replace the Vodka with a non alcoholic Liquid and would give the same result
    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      October 28, 2019

      Hi Marwa, I don’t know of anything else that works as well. Reply

  • Sade
    October 27, 2019

    When you refill it do you have to wait another 2 months? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 28, 2019

      Hi Sade, I like to refill when it gets about halfway empty to keep the vanilla submerged. If you wait to refill until it is completely empty, you will have to wait the full time for it to become flavorful and change color. Reply

      • Billy
        November 9, 2019

        Hello! How many times can you refill until you need to replace with new beans altogether Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 9, 2019

          Hi Billy, it will lose color with every refill so I would suggest adding a new piece of vanilla if I were refilling from empty. I usually add more vodka as I use it – when it is 1/3 to 1/2 empty, I’ll add more vodka Reply

  • Joanne
    October 26, 2019

    What blank label like Avery is needed to print on? Thinking about doing as a group with my supper club girls. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 26, 2019

      Hi Joanne, I have links to the label paper (it was a solid label from which I cut out the circles). It would work to also go to avery website and design then print on round labels from avery if you prefer. They have a great label maker free online design tool. Reply

  • Diana Narepecha
    October 19, 2019

    What’s the difference between Grade A & Grade B Vanilla beans? Can you use Grade A? Reply

    • Natasha
      October 19, 2019

      HI Diana, Grade A is definitely useable, it is just the softer, more expensive vanilla bean that is generally used for baking because it’s easier to scrape out the seeds and extract flavor quicker. Reply

      • Karen Uyesugi
        December 1, 2019

        Can you use vanilla bean paste? By using the equivalent to vanilla bean? I absolutely love your recipes and tips. I especially love to watch your videos. So happy I subscribed. Thank you for all you do. Reply

        • Natasha
          December 2, 2019

          Hi Karen, unfortunately, that would not work well here. The paste is usually a substitution for vanilla extract but it isn’t normally used to make vanilla extract. I’m so glad you enjoy our videos and recipes! Thank you for that feedback. Reply

  • Kathy Rasor
    October 10, 2019

    I cannot print the labels for the vanilla. Can you help? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 10, 2019

      Hi Kathy, try downloading the file first or click the print button within the google drive application rather than File –> print. I am seeing it load on the full page of labels. Reply

  • Tarn
    October 9, 2019

    Hi Natasha, love your website. Want to change your label abit, being in Australia, we don’t use FL Oz. Would it be possible for you to send your label to me as a word document, so I can change it? I understand though if you would rather not. Reply

    • Natasha
      October 9, 2019

      Hi Tarn, there isn’t an easy way to do that from my end. For a quick conversion, there are 8 oz in 240 ml so 48 oz = 1920 ml = 1.92 liters. I hope that helps! Reply

    • Thea Bothma
      November 30, 2019

      Hi Tarn! Being in South Africa, I always have to convert my many American recipes to ml and gm. Easiest for me is to remember to multiply by 30, thus 1 fl oz = 30ml. I know that still does not change your label, and you might have to add ‘120ml’ by hand if you cannot change the template? Reply

  • Sylvia
    October 4, 2019

    What length vanilla beans do you use for the 4 oz bottles? 4″ or 6-8″ beans that you cut down to size? Thanks. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 4, 2019

      Hi Sylvia, we have all of the tools and supplies listed in the recipe and a photograph used for reference. We used these Vanilla Beans hereReply

  • Jessica Gushulak
    October 3, 2019

    How long until this expires if stored properly and no additional vodka is added? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 3, 2019

      Hi Jessica, from what I’ve read, the extract never really expires – it just lasts and lasts Reply

    • Summer
      October 26, 2019

      It never expires. Reply

  • Mo
    October 2, 2019

    Hi love your recipes as for the vanilla alcohol is not in my home sad I know but do u know any other ingredients to replace it and can children have that in a recipe ???? Reply

    • Natasha
      October 3, 2019

      Hi Mo, I haven’t tried vanilla extract any other way so you might have to do a google search. Im not sure. Reply

    • Marsha
      October 3, 2019

      Mo…we do not have alcohol in our home either. But I do have vanilla extract, which is made of vanilla bean extracts and alcohol. The homemade version here makes exactly what you already use in baking and flavoring. The hardest thing I had to do in this recipe was go in the liquor store to buy the Vodka..very strange and awkward for a non-drinker! Reply

    • Thea Bothma
      November 30, 2019

      I found a website which says that you can substitute the alcohol called for in any extract recipe with 3 parts liquid glycerine and 1 part water. Perhaps try that? (Also replace Vodca with Bourbon if preferred). Reply

  • Jae Carabine-Smith
    October 2, 2019

    Good Morning,
    I bought distilled vodka 80 proof.
    Can I use this to make vanilla extract?
    Jae Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 2, 2019

      Great question Jae. We have this in the recipe “It’s not necessary to get the most expensive brand of vodka; something middle of the road like Smirnoff triple distilled 80 proof will work just fine. I found this at the liquor store and paid $25 for a giant jug. I’ll be refilling my vanilla a long time. My cousin used the Vodka sold at Costco (Washington Costco’s carry liquor, but Idaho’s don’t)” I hope that helps. Reply

      • Luda
        October 16, 2019

        I received one of these as a gift and have used most of the bottle. I love it!
        I was just at the grocery store and asked for the smallest bottle of Vodka. I got home and was unpacking my groceries and found that the cashier gave me Gin. Do you know if that will work?
        Or do I need Vodka? Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 17, 2019

          Hi Luda, I have not tested that with Gin to advise but it may work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Joselle Crocker
    September 25, 2019

    Hello Natasha,

    Appreciate and regard your enthusiasm and knowledge demonstrating your cooking recipes on Facebook.

    The Vanilla Extract is intriguing me to make for Holiday Gifts…Other than baking or pancakes recipes;

    What are other purposes for Vanilla Extract?

    A) Drinks (?) Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic.

    B) Food Recipes or Appetizers/

    Many Thanks for Sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      September 25, 2019

      Hi Joselle, we only using vanilla extract for flavoring of desserts and in baking. Reply

    • Barb
      October 9, 2019

      Can you use brown bottles instead of clear for the vanilla? Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        October 9, 2019

        Hi Barb! Yes, you sure can! Reply

  • Denise Anderson
    September 24, 2019

    Hi Natasha,
    I am making your recipe for homemade vanilla extract. I love the label you created but I was wondering if you could create labels with 8 oz. instead of 4 oz. I am not very good with computers and my husband said it is harder to change jpg.
    Thank you. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 25, 2019

      Hi Denies, I only have these in this size but the labels are fairly large. I think the would work for a larger jar Reply

  • Joann
    September 20, 2019

    Hi Natasha! I just made some vanilla extract within this last week. I kept the beans whole, but sliced down the length of each bean. I put about 5 beans in each 8 oz. bottle. I was expecting to see the vanilla beans floating around, but don’t really think I’m seeing any. Does that mean something’s not right, or does it take longer for them to be released from the pods? Reply

    • Natasha
      September 20, 2019

      Hi Joann, typically you might see a few seeds settle at the bottom if you split the beans but it shouldn’t fill the bottle. Vanilla extract is normally deep amber color and clear of particles. Reply

  • Kristina
    September 16, 2019

    Can I reuse the beans,like you said we could pour in more vodka as we use it,so that means only a couple times,or is it after you use the entire jar,u can’t pour in a new jar of vodka? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 16, 2019

      Hi Kristina, you can reuse them over and over but I would replace the beans with new ones after using them 2-3 times. Hope this helps Reply

    • Catherine
      October 25, 2019

      This is wonderful! Can’t wait to try as I do use vanilla extract a lot. Do I need to wash the vanilla pods before soaking them in volka? Thanks! Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        October 25, 2019

        Hi Catherine, we didn’t have to do that. Reply

        • Catherine
          November 1, 2019

          Thank you! Reply

  • Jamie
    September 15, 2019

    Just got done making these this weekend and realized I had only used half the amount of alcohol mathed out. After looking everything over again I accidentally bought 2 ounce jars instead of 4. I still used one and a half vanilla beans so is my vanilla going to be OK or should I buy the 4 ounce jars and transfer everything from the 2 ounce jars over to the 4 ounce and add more vodka to fill up the jars?

    Worried! Reply

    • Natasha
      September 16, 2019

      Hi Jamie, they will still be great and you will have wonderfully flavored concentrated vanilla extract. Reply

      • Jamie
        October 28, 2019

        phew! Thank you!! Reply

    • Jason R Morford
      September 16, 2019

      In my opinion it will be better. Most recipes call for twice the amount of this recipe. After three months of letting it soak I am going to add more beans. Reply

    • Sharon
      October 27, 2019

      You actually can use less extract than called for in recipe if it is very strong. Reply

      • Jamie
        October 28, 2019

        okay good to know! Thanks! Reply

  • Amy Putney
    September 9, 2019

    I made 12 bottles and plan on gifting them for Christmas. Where did you get the kitchen towels pictures please? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 9, 2019

      Hi Amy, I purchased them at Cost Plus world market and I believe they were standard tea towels. Reply

      • Amanda
        September 12, 2019

        Thank you! Reply

  • Barbara Stehman
    August 26, 2019

    looks like a great recipe- I bought 3 vanilla beans and a 750 ml bottle of vodka-Is that enough vanilla beans for this size bottle?

    How long does it need to set for ? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2019

      Hi Barabara, here is what one of our readers wrote, I hope you find this helpful in regards to the 750ml bottle. “Hello- in response to this question, if I may give my own experience! Last year I bought a 750 mL glass bottle of Smirnoff vodka and placed 10 sliced vanilla beans directly into the bottle. It worked beautifully and lasted me almost a whole year. I never refilled bottle with more vodka as I went, I never thought I do that and wonder if it’s too late now to refill the whole bottle or start from scratch again with new beans/vodka. Thank you Natasha for this recipe!” Reply

  • Ronald
    August 13, 2019

    When should you discard the beans and start fresh? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2019

      Hi Ronald, you can reuse them over and over but I would replace the beans with new ones after using them 2-3 times. Hope this helps Reply

  • Nancy Rodriguez
    August 7, 2019

    This looks great! I’ve always wanted to make my own! Great gift idea as well! But a question… how long can I store/keep/use this after its ready to use?

    Thankyou! Reply

    • Natasha
      August 7, 2019

      Hi Nancy, I keep it at room temperature in the cupboard. Reply

      • Nancy Rodriguez
        August 7, 2019

        Yes but how long will it keep? Fresh without spoiling..
        Thankyou Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 8, 2019

          Hi Nancy, great question! Vanilla extract can last for years and doesn’t really have an expiration date that I am aware of. Reply

          • Jason R Morford
            August 8, 2019

            The expiration date is the same as the alcohol that you use. The beans are no different than the worm in taquilla.

          • Natashas Kitchen
            August 8, 2019

            Thank you for sharin that Jason!

          • August 20, 2019

            Thank you so much! I plan to make Christmas gifts for my clients with this. Question: I’ve always seen vanilla extract in amber bottles. Does it need to be protected from light or can I just go ahead and order the clear bottles. Thanks again!

          • Natashas Kitchen
            August 20, 2019

            Hi Laura, I have read that may reduce exposure to damaging light but if you store it in a dark place or a pantry out of direct light that a clear glass would work fine.

  • Suzanne McKay
    July 12, 2019

    I’m having trouble finding whole vanilla beans but have found some pure vanilla powder. Can the extract be made using the powder? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 12, 2019

      Hi Suzanne, unfortunately, I don’t think it can be done, or at least I haven’t seen it done before. Reply

    • Jason R Morford
      July 12, 2019

      In stores they are hard to find or way over priced. I would look on Amazon for Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans. You can buy 25 for 70 dollars which is enough 1.5L of vanilla. I por about 4 to 8 in another Contain to use first and give room for the beans in 5he other one. This will allow the bigger one to cure longer. Don’t buy split beans. I prefer grade a over grade b because it seems to have been color and oil content. When I tested batches I used several grades, kinds, amount of beans per cup, and even alcohol types. I labeled them all so I could keep maticlous notes. I even made some mixed as Natasha suggested tahisian and Madagascar blend. Reply

    • David
      July 14, 2019

      You can find plenty on Ebay. Reply

    • Donna Pappas
      November 1, 2019

      Try Amazon, they have the whole beans. Reply

  • Maria
    July 7, 2019

    Hi, have you ever mixed vodka and bourbon together to make vanilla extract? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 7, 2019

      Hi Maria, I haven’t tried that. Have you experimented with that? Reply

  • Jason R Morford
    June 25, 2019

    I am about to make my homemade Vanilla. I notice that you use 3 beans per cup, but every other place says to use 5-8 per cup. Why do you use 3 over more? Reply

    • Jason R Morford
      June 25, 2019

      By the way, I bought grade A since the price difference was 20 cents a piece and since they were longer my guess is that they were the same price per ounce. Reply

    • Natasha
      June 26, 2019

      Hi Jason, you can use more for a darker vanilla extract but these proportions are sufficient. I did a deep-dive in research before posting this in addition to testing it myself and it works very well, but it is a matter of preference. You can definitely add more if you prefer. Reply

  • Deborah
    June 16, 2019

    I just made some a month ago and it is smelling so good. After 2 months can I pour it in another bottle without the beans and pour more vodka in with the beans to make more? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2019

      Hi Deborah! you are welcome to leave them in there and simply add more vodka. It will lose color with every refill so I would suggest adding a new piece of vanilla if I were refilling from empty. I usually add more vodka as I use it – when it is 1/3 to 1/2 empty, I’ll add more vodka Reply

      • Deborah
        June 17, 2019

        Thank you so much. Reply

  • Maryna
    June 4, 2019

    Natasha, many thanks for the recipe! It is a great help for any cooking enthusiast. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 4, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that awesome review with me. Reply

  • J&N Monico
    May 10, 2019

    We have been making ours for years. We find Napoleon Brandy works better than Vodka as it adds a whole other flavour with the beans. We just add another bean to the 40 oz bottle every time we top it off (at half empty). There are beans still in there from years ago. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 10, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing those tips with us! Reply

    • Maryna
      June 4, 2019

      J&N Moniko, What a wonderful idea! Reply

    • Maryna
      September 4, 2019

      What a great idea! I have French brandy as well and I definitely going to use it instead of vodka! Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        September 4, 2019

        That’s so great! Reply

  • Shelley Kurtz
    April 9, 2019

    Can I make vanilla extract with strong vodka? I have 160 proof Devil Springs vodka that I have used to dilute homeopathic meds. What do you think? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2019

      Hi Shelley, I haven’t read any recommendations for using 160 proof vodka for vanilla so I’m not sure if it would speed up the process or not. Maybe someone else has some insight into this?? (Thanks in advance!) Sorry I can’t be more helpful. If I find a good answer for you, I will report back. Reply

      • Shelley Kurtz
        April 11, 2019

        Thanks for your prompt reply. Since I have the vodka, I plan to use it. I will tell you the results in a few months! Reply

  • Sarah
    February 16, 2019

    We made this recipe Dec 6th, sterilized the jars…..but some of the ends of the beans have a fuzzy goo or white spots. While the liquid is relatively clear, there does appear to be sediment at the bottom. Does this mean we shouldn’t use the extract? Should the liquid be dark brown? Thanks for your help! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 16, 2019

      Hi Sarah, I haven’t seen that before and it may just be the type of vanilla bean, but so long as the mixture is not cloudy, it should still be fine. Reply

    • Sharon
      October 27, 2019

      Is probably mold. I would not use it unless you find out differently. Reply

  • Karen Carver
    February 12, 2019

    Can I reuse the beans? I used 10 beans, cut, in 1 fifth. When I transferred the vanilla to the 4 oz jars, after 8 weeks, I left the beans in the vodka bottle with just a smidge in the bottom. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2019

      Hi Karen, you can reuse them over and over but I would replace the beans with new ones after using them 2-3 times. Hope this helps 😀. Reply

  • LuAnn
    February 11, 2019

    I have a question, I made the vanilla extract about 6 weeks ago and I noticed that the vanilla beans are turning white where they are cut is that normal? I followed the recipe to a tee. Reply

    • Natasha
      February 11, 2019

      Hi LuAnn, I haven’t seen that before and it may just be the type of vanilla bean, but so long as the mixture is not cloudy, it should still be fine. Reply

      • LuAnn
        February 11, 2019

        It’s clear but now there are small white threads floating around in it.
        It smells fine, taste fine, Reply

    • Lori
      March 24, 2019

      Hi Natasha,
      I am very excited to find this recipe. I was about to buy a bottle from Costco (Ontario, Canada), and it rang up at 42.99. I almost passed out and needless to say, I did not buy it. I went on a mission to find where to buy good, less expensive vanilla and found this super easy recipe. I will be on a vanilla bean hunt tomorrow. Very excited to try this. Thank you 🙂 Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        March 24, 2019

        You’re so welcome, Lori! I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Reply

  • Linita Calvacca
    February 4, 2019

    Natasha,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe and you terrific label making skills! I purchased the vanilla beans on Amazon they are the best vanilla beans I have ever purchased. Premium Madagascar Bourbon Gourmet Vanilla Beans Fresh & Prime Grade A Planifolia for Vanilla Extract. I make many of your great recipes. I am a fan!!!
    Linita Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 4, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Veronique
    January 26, 2019

    Hi, I am not sure if I did it correctly this time. last time I used Whiskey and 5 beans. This time I bought 6 and put it in a huge bottle of kirkland vodka. I left it in the bottle for 4 months. The color looks great, but it it supposed to smell more like vanilla? I have never used vodka before and vodka always reminds me of rubbing alcohol. Thank you. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 29, 2019

      Ours smells like Vanilla, I don’t get an overwhelming smell of Vodka. Homemade vanilla really is amazing in smell and taste. I hope you love it!! 🙂 Reply

  • Kathy
    January 26, 2019

    I have been making homemade vanilla for years, sadly the price of vanilla beans has skyrocketed as from what I understand there is a vanilla bean shortage, but worthwhile to make, shop around for the beans……. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 26, 2019

      Hi Kathy, yes they are a bit pricey however you do end up with many more batches of fresh homemade vanilla in the end 🙂 We posted a couple of links within the recipe with beans we purchased.:) Reply

    • Rosa
      January 31, 2019

      How many times can you refill with vodka? Reply

  • Dav
    January 10, 2019

    Hi

    We tried this recipe for vanilla last year and it worked amazingly! For this years batch is it possible to just put the right amount of beans into an actual vodka bottle? Instead of using individual bottles. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 10, 2019

      Hi Dav, I’m so happy to hear that! Using 15 vanilla beans or so will make a big batch. You could do up to 5 cups of vodka for that many or just fill the vessel you have with Vodka and refill it with more Vodka as you use it. If you start with say 3 cups, it will also develop a darker and stronger flavor faster. Reply

    • Lindsey
      January 16, 2019

      Hello- in response to this question, if I may give my own experience! Last year I bought a 750 mL glass bottle of Smirnoff vodka and placed 10 sliced vanilla beans directly into the bottle. It worked beautifully and lasted me almost a whole year. I never refilled bottle with more vodka as I went, I never thought I do that and wonder if it’s too late now to refill the whole bottle or start from scratch again with new beans/vodka. Thank you Natasha for this recipe! Reply

  • Carol
    January 9, 2019

    Natasha, I have ordered beans and jars to make this. After 2 months do I take the beans out of jars and reuse them to restart more vanilla? I thought I read somewhere you could replenish vodka as you use vanilla. Want you need beans in there as well? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2019

      Hi Carol, you are welcome to leave them in there and simply add more vodka. Reply

  • Marcia Lantero
    January 8, 2019

    Can you use the vanilla bean over again and just keep adding volka Reply

    • Natasha
      January 8, 2019

      Hi Marcia, yes that is correct! 🙂 I hope you love the homemade vanilla extract. Reply

  • Karen
    January 3, 2019

    Hi Natasha, can I use absolute Vanilla Vodka which is 70% proof to make vanilla extract? The plain vodka in South Africa is 86% proof? Reply

    • Natasha
      January 3, 2019

      Hi Karen, I honestly haven’t tried anything labeled “vanilla vodka” – I’m assuming it’s intended for use in making vanilla? If so, it might be worth experimenting. Reply

      • Karen
        January 3, 2019

        Hi Natasha, thanks for responding – it’s a vanilla flavored vodka. If I use plain vodka, is 86% proof too strong? Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          January 4, 2019

          Hi Karen, we used 80% just fine. I haven’t tried it with 86 but I think that should work. Reply

      • Kathleen D
        September 21, 2019

        Vanilla vodka is flavored vodka used in making cocktails Reply

  • Eleanor Johnson
    January 2, 2019

    How does one get white vanilla? Reply

    • Natasha
      January 2, 2019

      Hi Eleanor, white vanilla is usually referencing to vanilla powder. Some grocery stores and specialty food stores carry it or you can purchase it on Amazon (affiliate link). Reply

      • MaryEllen Bookbinder
        January 26, 2019

        Hi Natasha=Just want to share
        I had clear vanilla that came from
        South America. Maybe that is what
        Eleanor ment about white vanilla. Reply

  • Susan
    December 28, 2018

    Super creative and great idea!! This is a great gift for me to do for such a large family during Christmas! Please keep these great homemade gift giving ideas going! Love it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 28, 2018

      I’m so inspired reading your review. Thank you! Reply

  • Jacque
    December 27, 2018

    This was my Christmas project this year. It was fun and the results were amazing. Thanks for the labels. My sister-in-law is a big Baker year round and she told me how expensive real vanilla extract had gotten. So needless to say she thought it was her best gift. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2018

      That’s so awesome! Thank you for sharing this with me, Jaque! Reply

  • Katie
    December 18, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    As I add vodka to the bottle when using the vanilla, do I need to let it sit for another couple of months before using? Reply

    • Natasha
      December 18, 2018

      Hi Katie, yes that is correct. Once it has the desired color, you can use it. Reply

  • christine
    December 13, 2018

    This is my first time making Vanilla Extract and there are a lot of Vanilla bean seeds at the bottom of each bottle should I strain them out? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 13, 2018

      Hi Christine, you can strain it to have a prettier look if you’d like 🙂 Reply

  • Barbara dawson
    December 10, 2018

    I made up 8 bottles of the vanilla extract recipe – the question I have is when I split the beans in half the seeds inside the beans floated to the bottom of the bottle – will they eventually dissolve or just remain .
    Hate to give them as gifts which is why I made them up with the seeds floating around.
    Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      December 10, 2018

      Hi Barbara, they will remain in the bottle but that is definitely a good thing – the seeds add wonderful flavor and if you do get specs of vanilla in your recipes – even better! Reply

  • Isley Hidalgo
    December 5, 2018

    Me encanta esta receta del extracto de vainilla y si muy fácil todo hasta como hacer los regalos, lastima que la vi tarde, pero ya para el proximo año seran mi obsequio de Navidad. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 5, 2018

      Thank you for that wonderful review! I’m so happy you found this recipe. You can always still make these as gifts, just tell them not to open it until a later date! 😉 Enjoy! Reply

  • Kaitlynn
    November 17, 2018

    I was considering making the 2 oz bottles. Do you think that would be too small? If not, how would you recommend cutting the beans? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2018

      I think that may still work. I nice clean cut should be fine for the beans. Just make sure they stay submerged so adding alcohol a bit more often may be required Reply

  • David Fralic
    November 16, 2018

    Where do I get vanilla beans.I live in Nova Scotia.Vodka no problem Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 16, 2018

      We order ours online. I recommend doing an online search for delivery. Reply

    • Vicki
      January 21, 2019

      Costco Dartmouth Crossing currently has Papua New Guinea vanilla Beans in stock 👍 Reply

  • Jackie
    November 15, 2018

    I bought round labels from amazon, but when i print, they are not lined up. not sure how to fix this issue. Thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 15, 2018

      Most labels have a guide and settings to choose for paper types in your printer settings. Reply

      • Elaine
        November 28, 2018

        Natasha,

        What size Avery labels did you use?

        Thank you,
        Elaine Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 28, 2018

          Hi Elaine! The label sheet was 8 1/2 by 11 and I cut out the circles. I wasn’t able to find pre-cut circles. Reply

    • Danielle
      November 16, 2018

      You can download these labels for free. Reply

  • Enma
    November 14, 2018

    Do the vanilla beans ever go bad when in bourbon? I made vanilla extract last year and now the beans are a bit slimy. Is this normal ? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      If the vanilla beans become exposed that may cause them to become slimy and ruin your extract. So make sure the beans are not exposed, you can do that by topping them off with more alcohol. I hope this helps! Reply

      • Eileen M Henkel
        October 19, 2019

        So are you saying that the beans in the jar should always be covered with liquid, or in other words, top it off with more vodka when the liquid goes below the top of the beans in the jar to avoid becoming slimy? Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 19, 2019

          Yes, that should help avoid that from becoming slimy. Reply

  • Cheryl casselman
    November 12, 2018

    I would love to try this recipe! Can you reccommend where to buy beans from? I live in Canada and to have 25 beans shipped to me to make 24 4 oz bottle works out to 273 dollars? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 12, 2018

      Hi Cheryl, not knowing what is available locally in Canada, I’m not sure. The best I can recommend is Amazon. I have linked the beans we ordered on Amazon. Reply

    • Jessica Matyczuk
      November 12, 2018

      Hello,
      I live in Canada, but I’m close enough to the border to ship the bottles there. For the vanilla beans, my husband bought them at Costco, if you have one near by? Reply

      • Karen
        January 3, 2019

        Hi Jessica, look on eBay for vanilla beans. Late last year one of the sellers was from Canada. Reply

    • lynn courchesne
      November 14, 2018

      Costco in Canada has vanilla beans, usually run around $25 to $30 for 10 beans and I’ve seen the bottles at Michaels. Reply

  • Ruth Lundbeck
    November 12, 2018

    Natasha, I love this idea for Christmas gifts. I just placed my order on Amazon. I know my family will love this gift. My son is a recovering alcoholic. Is there something I can use in place of the vodka? I’d love to include him in this gift, but only using an alcohol replacement. Thank You! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 12, 2018

      Hi Ruth, I’ve heard people using glycerine to make it alcohol free but don’t have any personal experience with that. Reply

    • Karen
      January 3, 2019

      Ruth, have a look on YouTube for Cupcake Jenna – she has a video on making extract with glycerine Reply

  • Jessica Matyczuk
    November 11, 2018

    Thank you so much for this recipe and instructions. I made these as Christmas gifts and they are lovely. I make jam as well, so I found a recipe for a dip that used jam and vanilla extract to put with them. Very excited to wrap them!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2018

      Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Ilze
    November 10, 2018

    Your link to vanilla beans leads to beans out of stock. Can you recommend another link? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 10, 2018

      You might also try these here or these! Reply

  • Robin
    November 10, 2018

    Can you substitute almonds instead of the vanilla bean to make almond extract or lemon to make lemon extract Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 10, 2018

      I haven’t tried either one of those extracts before but those are great ideas! I imagine the process would be some what similar Reply

  • catherine mack
    November 9, 2018

    Does the type or quality of the Vanilla bean make a difference? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2018

      Grade A is considered the best. I’m assuming there will be some what of a difference if you were to truly compare. Reply

  • Tina
    October 19, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I was wondering how good is this in comparison with say a store bought one? Like Costco’s. And I bought 15 vanilla beans how do you think I should start my extraction process? Like much vodka for example? Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2018

      Hi Tina! 15 vanilla beans will make a big batch. You could do up to 5 cups of vodka for that many or just fill the vessel you have with Vodka and refill it with more Vodka as you use it. If you start with say 3 cups, it will also develop a darker and stronger flavor faster. Reply

  • shelby bergsma
    October 6, 2018

    hello! I am kind of experimenting with organic ingredients. my question for you, where do you buy the beans? the places i have looked is incredibly expensive and i dont wanna buy too cheap to where it is not as good.
    my other question is the brew period, i know you said approximately 2 months, but other sites like beanilla says 8 weeks. so i was wondering if 8 weeks or so would be good for your recipe?

    thank you!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 6, 2018

      Hi Shelby! We use these beans here or these work also. I have them linked in the recipe also.
      8 weeks is pretty close to 2 months so I say that’s about right. Reply

      • Mary
        December 9, 2018

        Your such a nice person Natasha! Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 9, 2018

          Thank you, Mary! Reply

  • Lisa Blalack
    September 11, 2018

    Hello, I was wondering if I could make this in a big bottle, let sit for months, then put liquid only in the smaller bottles. I am wanting to do this as favors for a shower, but don’t want to actually put the beans in each bottle. Do you think it will still be good, or does the bean have to stay in the bottles? Looks beautiful! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2018

      Hi Lisa, I think it could work. I haven’t tried it in a big bottle myself, however. I’d love to know the turn out if you try that! Reply

  • Amy Jones
    August 30, 2018

    If you have answered this already, I apologize for the added work. What is the shelf life of the 4oz bottle? Does it vary depending on what alcohol you use? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2018

      Hi Amy, from what I’ve read, the extract never really expires – it just lasts and lasts. The only tip I have is making sure the bottle is securely closed. Alcohol will evaporate over time and that may cause a more intense vanilla flavor. I hope this helps. Reply

    • Charles M
      September 3, 2018

      The first time I made my own vanilla extract, the beans started to become slimy and yucky looking after about 6-7 years. The second batch, which I’m replacing now, lasted 6 years before I thought they looked like they needed to be replaced. I don’t know if it’s because the beans just start breaking down over time, or if it has to do with temperature fluctuations. Extract without the beans will last indefinitely, but the beans do eventually need to be replaced. Reply

  • Karen M. Chapman
    August 24, 2018

    I’d like to start the brewing directly in my 4oz bottles and bought a 25 count grade B Tahitian vanilla bean pack. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 25, 2018

      Hi Karen. Thank you for sharing that with us! We would love to know how it works out Reply

  • Kris
    August 20, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I was wondering if I bought 15 vanilla beans am I able to just put them all together in one jar and use it like that or do you advice I make separate vanilla extracts? How much vodka would I need if I just put all the vanilla beans together at once?
    Thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      August 20, 2018

      Hi Kris! 15 vanilla beans will make a big batch. You could do up to 5 cups of vodka for that many or just fill the vessel you have with Vodka and refill it with more Vodka as you use it. If you start with say 3 cups, it will also develop a darker and stronger flavor faster. Reply

      • Kris
        August 27, 2018

        Thank you for your input! Okay so what if I have 10-11 vanilla beans how much vodka would I use if I was still doing a big batch? Reply

        • Natasha
          August 28, 2018

          Hi Kris, I would modify it proportionally so if using half the amount of beans called for in the recipe, use half the amount of vodka. Reply

  • Felisha
    August 4, 2018

    Have you tried this with empty vanilla pods (after the beans have been scraped out and used)? Wondering if I can do that, or if they need to be whole pods with the beans inside. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2018

      I haven’t tried it with just the pods so I can’t say the result will be the same. We used full pods and the flavor was perfect! Reply

  • Jake Rummy
    June 1, 2018

    The vodka will sterilize the bottles.
    Needs greater percentage of beans to liquid. I use 5 beans to every 4 ounces. Reply

    • Natasha
      June 1, 2018

      Hi Jake, from all of my research, 5 full beans is VERY generous per 4oz but it wouldn’t hurt and would only produce a more concentrated vanilla extract. You would probably get more refills out of it with 5 beans in there.  Reply

      • Coralin
        September 26, 2019

        I have been told after using vanilla beans for extract, you can remove beans, let them dehydrate and then place in a small container of sugar. Shake every few days and then you have a wonderful scented sugar that can be used in desserts or as a dusting sugar on top of cookies or other desserts. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 26, 2019

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • April
    May 25, 2018

    The link to the beans on amazon are all sold out. Any other recommendations on where to order the beans from?

    Thanks!! Reply

  • Sandy
    May 17, 2018

    I am going to try this. I am ordering the vanilla beans.
    How do you store the vanilla beans that have not been used yet?

    Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 17, 2018

      Hi Sandy, I keep them in a food saver bag, removing as much air as possible for airtight storage. Here is another helpful article on storing them if you don’t have a foodsaver. Reply

      • Sandy
        May 23, 2018

        Thank you Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 23, 2018

          You’re welcome! 🙂 Reply

  • Paddy
    May 16, 2018

    Hi Natasha.
    I’ve just come across your recipe. I’m definitely going to try thisone and many of your other recipes, but wanted to ask you what makes it a vanilla extract and not just vanilla flavoured vodka?
    Reading all of the previous comments has convinced me that it works. I just wondered what the difference might be? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 16, 2018

      Hi Paddy, when vanilla beans are not soaked long enough, it will be vanilla flavored vodka. The lengthy marinating extracts vanilla and you will end up with vanilla extract. Reply

    • Sandy
      May 25, 2018

      I like to add a splash of dark rum as well, We have been doing this for years! Reply

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