How to Make Vanilla Extract Recipe From Scratch With Vanilla Beans – FREE Printable Labels!!

How to Make From Scratch

Today I want to show you how to make vanilla extract.  I love to bake, and I love a good vanilla just as much.  A real vanilla extract is a difference between good baked goods and GREAT baked goods.  Have you ever tried something that tasted so good, but couldn’t quite put your finger on what made it taste so great?  It was more than likely made with homemade vanilla extract.

Homemade vanilla extract is a secret ingredient that many top bakers are using.  The crazy thing is that making your own homemade vanilla extract isn’t even hard!  There is no substitute for vanilla extract other than this amazing homemade extract.  Once you make this, I don’t think there is any way that you can go back to buying the store-bought imitation vanilla.

What’s even greater is you can keep refilling your bottle, and keep making vanilla extract with the same beans.  This literally is a gift that just keeps on giving to you.  How great is that?

How to easily make homemade vanilla extra with our recipe | FREE printable labels

We will show you in a tutorial below just how easy peasy it is to make your own homemade vanilla extract.  It’s so easy and so darn cute.  These would make great gifts for your friends, neighbors, family, etc.  One of my best friends makes homemade vanilla every year and I have gratefully been the benefactor many times.  I’m so lucky.  I love homemade gifts and I think your friends will too.   Dress it up with some ribbon and our FREE PRINTABLE labels and you have a cheap and easy Christmas gift that you can make for lots of people all at once.

They take 2 months to make, so get started making vanilla extract today!  Once you learn how to make vanilla extract, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make it sooner!

Homemade Vanilla Extract vs. Store Bought Vanilla

Before we get into the recipe lets talk for a minute about store-bought vanilla.  Many of us diving head first into the world of natural products, essential oils and herbs want to get rid of the toxins in our homes and food.  One of the main reasons I love the thought of making my own homemade vanilla is that I can control the ingredients.  I know EXACTLY what I am putting into my vanilla (and by the way, it’s only 2 ingredients).

When you are making vanilla extract yourself, you have the ability to control so many things that you obviously can’t control when you purchase a bottle off of the shelf at the supermarket.  You can control the strength and quality of the vodka you use.  You can purchase the quality of vanilla beans you would like to use as well.

Homemade Vanilla Makes Great Christmas Gifts

Not sure what to get your neighbors this year for Christmas?  No problem!  If you start making vanilla in October, it will be completely ready to gift and use in December.  If it is past the month of October, but you still REALLY, REALLY want to gift vanilla this year, that’s ok too.  Your gift recipients will just need to shake the bottle every few days.  Just be sure to tell them when it will be ready.

Homemade gifts are always wonderful to gift and to receive.  The vanilla flavor that comes from making your own is just marvelous.  It’s a fairly inexpensive way of making sure you don’t miss anyone on your Christmas list too.  Gifting vanilla is affordable, fast and easy!

Homemade Vanilla Extract Ingredients

It’s pretty easy, there are only 2 ingredients in your jars!

*Vodka – We used 80 proof vodka in our recipe.  We bought the cheap stuff at the liquor store.  If you buy a giant bottle (around $20-$30), it is enough to make 12, 40z bottles of homemade vanilla with some leftover!

*Vanilla Beans – You can get these most places now.  Costco carries them around the holidays, Amazon and many other sources.  We chose fair trade vanilla beans for ours.

Supplies and Tools Needed To Make Your Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

  • 12, 4-ounce boston round bottles.  You can choose from clear, amber or blue colored glass.  From the photo, you can see the clear bottles vs. the amber bottles.  It depends on if you want your gift recipients to see into the bottle easily.  Also, if the bottle will remain on the counter, I would probably recommend going with the amber colored bottles.
  • Mini Funnels – These are perfect for filling boston round bottles or roller bottles.  They are small and easy to use.  If you don’t have any then you should think about adding them to your order.
  • Sharp knife or kitchen scissors
  • Labels to print on
  • Printable Labels (click on the link to get your FREE downloadable homemade vanilla printable labels)

How to Make Vanilla Extract

  1. I like to wash my boston round bottles.  Give them a good cleaning/sterilizing in the dishwasher.  You can also clean them with some soap and water and then boil them on the stove.  It is important to make sure that your bottles are clean from the start.
  2. Second, we need to split the beans.  Sometimes vanilla beans are very pliable and sometimes they have dried out.  If they are pliable, take a kitchen knife and slit each of them down the center so that it exposes the inside of the bean.  If they are dry, take some kitchen scissors and cut them into about 1″-1 1/2″ pieces.
  3. Next place a total of 1 1/2 beans into each jar.  So if you cut beans in half, you need to put in 3 halves.  Make sense?
  4. Make sure your labels are printed.  Give your bottles a little wipe down on the outside to make sure they are clean, dry and free of any residue before applying the labels to them.  You will want to put the labels on in this step to ensure you don’t ruin the labels.  If your jar is wet when you put the labels on, your label will come off and will be ruined.  To get the FREE printable vanilla extract labels CLICK HERE.
  5. Once your jars are clean, and you’ve put a total of 1 1/2 beans into each jar, and they are labeled, you can fill them up with the vodka.  I love to use a funnel to do this so you don’t have a mess on your hands.
  6. Put them in a cool dark place, where you will see them and not forget about them.
  7. Shake your bottle every few days for the next couple of months.  I just leave my bottles where I see them and then I take a minute to just shake them occasionally.
  8. Your homemade vanilla will be done in about 2 months.  The color of the liquid will be a beautiful amber color.  When you see this pretty color you will know it is finished.  It will be easy to tell in a clear jar, but in an amber colored jar, you might need to put a little on a spoon or something to check the color.

How to Make Vanilla Extract FREE Printable Labels

Get Ready To Give As Christmas Gifts

Now that you’ve learned how to make homemade pure vanilla extract you can gift these out to your friends and neighbors.  Honestly, they are already pretty with just the jar and label and vanilla beans inside.  However, you can jazz it up by tying a piece of ribbon, twine or raffia on the outside of the bottles.  Since this is a more natural product, I like to get the small brown paper bags at the dollar store, put in some brown shredded paper and the vanilla.

Another fun idea is to include your favorite recipe that includes vanilla in it.  Maybe you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe, bread or something similar.  How fun would that be to receive such a personalized gift from someone?  Make sure to put a tag on your gift so they never forgot who lovingly made them such a thoughtful Christmas gift!

Click Here For FREE Vanilla Extract Labels! FREE PRINTABLE Graphic Vanilla Extract

Easy, Right?

Did you have fun learning how to make vanilla extract?  It really is just so dang easy to do.  I mean it takes only a few minutes to initially get these started.  We hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Once you start giving these out as gifts people will start asking you how to make vanilla extract.

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Get the vanilla extract recipe below!

Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Learn how to easily and cheaply make homemade vanilla extract.  BONUS - FREE printable labels too, these make great gifts.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 (4 ounce containers)
Author Got Oil Supplies

Ingredients

  • 18 Vanilla Beans (I chose Fair Trade)
  • 48 oz Vodka I used 80 Proof

Instructions

  1. 1. I like to wash my boston round bottles.  Give them a good cleaning/sterilizing in the dishwasher.  You can also clean them with some soap and water and then boil them on the stove.  It is important to make sure that your bottles are clean from the start.

    2. Second, we need to split the beans.  Sometimes vanilla beans are very pliable and sometimes they have dried out.  If they are pliable, take a kitchen knife and slit each of them down the center so that it exposes the inside of the bean.  If they are dry, take some kitchen scissors and cut them into about 1"-1 1/2" pieces.

    3. Next place a total of 1 1/2 beans into each jar.  So if you cut beans in half, you need to put in 3 halves.  Make sense?

    4. Make sure your labels are printed.  Give your bottles a little wipe down on the outside to make sure they are clean, dry and free of any residue before applying the labels to them.  You will want to put the labels on in this step to ensure you don't ruin the labels.  If your jar is wet when you put the labels on, your label will come off and will be ruined.  Make sure you grab our FREE printable lables on this blog post.

    5. Once your jars are clean, and you've put a total of 1 1/2 beans into each jar, and they are labeled, you can fill them up with the vodka.  I love to use a funnel to do this so you don't have a mess on your hands.

    6. Put them in a cool dark place, where you will see them and not forget about them.

    7. Shake your bottle every few days for the next couple of months.  I just leave my bottles where I see them and then I take a minute to just shake them occasionally.

    8. Your homemade vanilla will be done in about 2 months.  The color of the liquid will be a beautiful amber color.  When you see this pretty color you will know it is finished.  It will be easy to tell in a clear jar, but in an amber colored jar, you might need to put a little on a spoon or something to check the color.

Recipe Notes

If you need to make a bigger or smaller batch, the math is easy.  The 4oz bottles take 1 1/2 vanilla beans.  If you need to make a smaller bottle of say 2oz, just use 3/4 of a bean, and so on.

Easy Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe With FREE Printable Labels

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