Homemade Vanilla Extract (recipe by “Oishii!”)

My Aunt Susie, who is the most talented baker I know, taught me this method for making vanilla. If you use homemade vanilla extract in your baking, you will surely notice a difference in the flavor of your baked goods. She mentioned that you could use other white liquor such as rum, but vodka tastes the best. It took me 4 years to use up a whole bottle! You can order vanilla beans in bulk from Penzeys Spices. Choose Madagascar vanilla beans. They are considered to be the world’s finest and best for baking purposes.


  • 25 vanilla beans
  • 750 ml bottle of premium vodka (Stoli, Grey Goose, Svedka, etc.)


Add vanilla beans directly into the bottle of vodka. Store in a dark cupboard for a minimum of two months. Leave the vanilla beans submerged in the bottle. There is no need to remove them. Happy baking!

What’s oishii? “Oishii” (pronounced “oy she”) is the Japanese word for delicious. I love sharing great recipes I discover from popular restaurants, cookbooks, food magazines (Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, etc.), tv shows, friends, family, and other blogs. I also develop my own. Please contact me if there is a recipe you would like the test kitchen to review: michaelwbeyer@hotmail.com

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