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Reader Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Great vanilla extract is made from fresh vanilla beans and can be rather expensive. Sometimes the quality isn't what you expect, and sometimes the flavor is too weak, or too strong. However lucky for us, TeamSugar member Twinkle has shared her recipe for homemade vanilla extract. By making your own extract, you can control all the variables and make it just to your liking. And, the best part? It's super easy, all you need is vanilla beans, vodka and a little time.

To check out her recipe and technique,

Recipe submitted by TeamSugar member Twinkle


This is my vanilla extract after three months. Although it was already this dark after just two months, I just never got around to taking a picture. :lazy: I've used it several times and it's amazing!

Pure vanilla extract is ridiculously expensive and often times hard to come by in Scandinavia, so I decided to have a go at making my own.

Here's what you need:
6 vanilla pods/beans
500 ml/2 cups vodka

Split the pods like so

Stuff them in the bottle

Put the bottle in a dark cupboard and let sit for a minimum of 8 weeks. It will get darker and the flavor will become stronger the longer you allow it to sit.

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