Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe
This simple vanilla extract recipe calls for only three ingredients plus a bottle. Anyone can master this and it has a shelf life of over four years.
- 1 part water
- 3 whole vanilla beans
- 3 parts food-grade vegetable glycerin
- 1 empty glass bottle, dark brown or clear
The exact amounts of water and glycerin you use will depend on the size of your bottle. You will want to use 3 whole vanilla beans for every cup of glycerin you use.
Add 3 parts glycerin and 1 part water together and pour it into the glass bottle using a funnel. Fill the bottle 2/3 full.
Cut three vanilla beans open lengthwise for every cup of glycerin you use.
Add the beans into the bottle of glycerin making sure they are fully submerged.
Add a cap to the bottle and store in a cool, dark place for two months. Shake the bottle once per week.
After two months, your homemade extract is ready to use.