Make vanilla extract at home with just 2 ingredients!
Homemade vanilla extract is very easy to make and smells wonderful! This vanilla extract is sugar-free and made with just two ingredients: vanilla beans and rum. And there are so many uses of homemade vanilla extract: You can use vanilla extract to flavor cake, cookies, smoothies, ice cream and pudding.
Looking for an alcohol-free vanilla extract alternative?
Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe
- 2 vanilla beans
- 1 cup rum
Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds. The seeds aren’t necessary for vanilla extract – use them for vanilla ice cream or vanilla pudding.
Related: Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream
Now cut the vanilla bean into small pieces and put them into a jar.
Pour rum over the vanilla bean pieces. Cover the jar with a lid and store the vanilla extract in a cool and dark place for at least one month, shaking it occasionally.
You can reuse the ‘spent’ vanilla bean pieces for your next homemade vanilla extract.
Related: Vanilla Pudding From Scratch – Eggless, Dairy-Free, Vegan
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Green Chocolate Chip Cookies – Naturally Colored With Sunflower Seeds
Related: Homemade Almond Extract – With Almonds Or Apricot Pits
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33 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe”
I have made vanilla extract for years and we love using it…. I have never used rum though… have always used vodka, but have heard good things about making it with rum. Thank you
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 I don’t like the taste of vodka so I used rum! 😉
That’s good to know Lina, I’d love to try make our own vanilla extract, but I’m not 100% sure where to get the pods. I haven’t seen any at the organic market we go to. I’ll have to shop around a bit more
In our organic market, vanilla beans are near the baking supplies. And you can also buy organic vanilla beans online.
Not sure if you have Costco there Michelle… but they sell it here
It’s great to make a huge bottle of vanilla extract! This sounds great! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!
I never knew it was so easy to make! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by, Roseann!
wow, have not had fresh vanilla extract in quite some time thanks so much for sharing
You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by, Angie! 🙂
Sounds wonderful! thanks for sharing the how to’s with SYC.
What a great and easy way to make vanilla extract! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday!
Thanks for stopping by, Petra!
LOVE THIS … making it is a great gift too!
Please come share at Reader Tip Tuesday: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/15/reader-tip-tuesday-craft-recipe-party/
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Thanks for inviting me to your party! 🙂
Oh I never knew it was that simple to make. I really must have a go! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
Yes, it’s really easy to make! Let me know how you like it! 🙂
Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I would love to try this. Rum vanilla. That would be good in chocolate chip cookies.
Wishes for tasty dishes,
Thanks for stopping by, Linda! 🙂 Let me know how you like it!
I have made homemade vanilla for years and have tried every imaginable alcohol, rum, vodka, etc. I have found that my favorite is a really good cognac. I also place the whole vanilla bean or two or three sliced open in the bottle, it looks really pretty especially for gift giving. It does in fact give a more vanilla flavor and you can also take them out to use the seeds in other things but with so much more flavor. Recently I had a luncheon and gave each guest a parting gift of my homemade vanilla. They loved it.
Carolyn/A Southerner’s Notebook
Thanks for sharing your tips, Carolyn!
I’ve never seen this made w/ rum. Determined to make some this year and give myself enough time for holiday gift giving. Featuring when my party opens. Thank you for sharing!
I don’t like the taste of vodka so I used rum instead! 😉 Thanks for featuring! 🙂
I bet this tastes so good compared to the vanilla extract bought in the store. I will be looking for the vanilla bean to try this.
I’ve never used store-bought vanilla extract so I don’t know! 😉 But homemade vanilla extract is delicious! Let me know how you like it! 🙂
I have vanilla beans in my cupboard right now. I had no idea it was this easy. Thank you for the recipe. Pinning.
How long is it good for? Do you store it in a cupboard?
Your Homemade Vanilla Extract looks amazing! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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ooh I have heard of it being made with vodka and wanted to try it – I must try it with rum too Lina
And this would make an excellent gift. So glad you stopped by & Thanks for sharing at the party – hope to see you at this week’s party: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/22/reader-tip-tuesday-party-crafts-recipes/
Its still & growing all week :)…