How to make your own vanilla extract with only 2 ingredients

Vanilla extract is a key ingredient in any dessert or sweet breakfast. If you're unsure where to get the most natural and healthy version, you can easily make your own! 

Try this homemade vanilla extract. You'll never get back to the store-bought stuff. 

Also, it's an awesome Christmas stocking filler for your baking loving friends. 

What's the difference between vanilla extract and vanilla essence?

Vanilla essence is a processed product made with artificial flavors and colors. 

Vanilla extract is made with vanilla beans, alcohol, water, and sometimes sugar. 


Make your own vanilla extract


  1. Chop the 4 scraped vanilla pods and pack into a small glass jar or bottle.
  2. Fill with alcohol and seal well.
  3. Shake daily.
  4. The extract will be strong enough to use after about a week but will benefit from longer steeping. Store in a cool, dark place.

Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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