How do you make homemade vanilla?

Instructions
  1. Open the vanilla beans. Use a paring knife to carefully split each vanilla bean down the middle lengthwise, cutting halfway through the bean so that the seeds are exposed.
  2. Combine ingredients in a jar. Place the vanilla beans in a glass jar or small bottle.
  3. Store.
  4. Use and enjoy.

What is the best alcohol to make vanilla extract?

What Kind of Alcohol is Best for Making Vanilla Extract? You can use any alcohol as long as it is 80 proof. The best and most popular choices are vodka, bourbon, brandy, or rum. Vodka is the most versatile because it has a neutral flavor.

Is it cheaper to make your own vanilla extract?

Not only is it cheaper, but the flavor is worlds apart from your average extract. Making your own vanilla extract is one of the easiest things you can do, and it can save you loads of money verses the stuff sold in stores.

How many times can vanilla beans be used to make vanilla extract?

Get to work: I use 1 whole vanilla bean for every 2 liquid ounces of alcohol. So, for an 8-ounce bottle, I use 4 whole beans, for a 12-ounce bottle (pictured up top), I used 6, for a 16-ounce bottle (the one I made last year that sparked this conversation), I used 8 beans.

Can you use 100 proof vodka to make vanilla?

Pour the alcohol over the vanilla beans. I‘ve found that 100 proof alcohol does the best job of extracting the vanilla from un-cut vanilla beans.

Can you use dried vanilla beans to make extract?

Throw your dry vanilla beans into a pot with water and sugar, and simmer until the beans have softened and imparted flavor to the syrup. Make Vanilla Extract: Simply steep the vanilla beans in vodka or bourbon, which will rehydrate the bean as it draws out its flavor.