Perfect Vanilla Essence

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Homemade vanilla extract is not only more economical than store bought brands, but also of higher quality. Free of artificial coloring and any added sweeteners, you are guaranteed the highest quality product with every drop of this recipe, one that only gets better with age!

How It's Made


  • 250 ml (1 cup) 40% vodka
  • 6 vanilla pod(s)


  1. Pour the alcohol in an opaque glass bottle.
  2. Cut the vanilla beans lengthwise in half. With the back of a knife or spoon, remove the vanilla “caviar” (the seeds found inside the bean). Cut the remaining shell of the vanilla bean into 3 pieces. Put the caviar & the shell into the glass bottle.
  3. Place the bottle in a cupboard, hidden from sunlight. After one month your extract will be ready for use, however with time it only becomes better (around the 6 month mark).
  4. During the first 2 weeks, shake the bottle 2-3 times a week. For the remaining 5 and a half months, continue to shake it 1-2 times per week.
  5. After the 6 months have passed, filter the extract through a strainer and remove the caviar and the shell. Add to any recipe that requires vanilla bean and Enjoy!
PRESERVATION Vanilla extract can be kept for years, and only matures with age, like a fine wine!
Marie Richer
Recipe By

Marie Richer

Marie’s passion for healthy, organic food is evident in everything she does. She specializes in vegan and raw cooking with a special focus on the nutritional wonders of nuts and dried fruits. We’d tell you to visit her website, but you’re already on it!