1. Great post! I make my own vanilla extract too, and have two jam jars in process at a time. Several years ago a friend gave me about 40 vanilla beans (maybe from Ebay?) and that started my habit. I top off with new vodka when I use some, so it’s always full. Plus, when I have a recipe that calls for a whole bean, I just pull one out of the jar.
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    1. Yes, it seems like this is a habit and luckily it’s a good one!
      I don’t have many recipes that call for vanilla beans but good idea on using the ones in your bottle!
      Thanks, Liana.

    1. Heidi,
      Yes on that price! The price of vanilla extract has gone way up and for what it is – it’s much more economical to make it yourself. Plus, the extra ingredients that I see listed aren’t necessary.
      Thanks, Heidi.

  2. Aimee Ford Conner

    I’ve made my own vanilla for years although I have always used rum. I love it. It also makes a GREAT housewarming gift.

    1. Aimee,
      I think that’s just fine! Another friend just told me she’s going to make it with Bourbon next time. I’m afraid that I might take a sip or 2 of that so I’m sticking with the vodka. Great job! Thanks for leaving a comment, Aimee :)

  3. Thanks for the idea. I’ve never tried to make my own before so this might prompt me to. I don’t bake a lot so a small bottle would be more than enough.

    Question: about how many beans would you have used for your 750 ml bottle if you were only using fresh beans?
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    1. Hi Cee!
      If you don’t bake much, I’d definitely go with a smaller bottle.
      My bottle has probably 3/4 of the alcohol left in it I have 12 or so vanilla beans. In a smaller bottle, you could go with 8-10 new vanilla beans. Remember, too, you can use them over and over. I’ve never gotten rid of any beans, I just use them again and again.
      Good luck, Cee. I hope you enjoy making this.

  4. Lisa

    Thanks Sara, I was just thinking about doing this. It seems like we go through vanilla really quickly, and it’s so expensive.

    1. Lisa,
      This will be so easy and less expensive – you won’t believe it.
      What do you bake most often?
      Thanks, Lisa!

  5. Tammy

    I am excited to try this. I am wondering how many beans to use for that size bottle. I didn’t see a video link-
    thanks for the great idea.

    1. Hi Tammy,
      There’s about 10-12 vanilla beans but you could do more. They won’t go bad and you can reuse them. Also, the link works to watch it on YouTube or above, on Go Gingham. The video didn’t work in the email if you receive my updates in your email in-box.
      Good luck!

  6. I can NOT believe how easy this is!!!! I have some vodka that I was thinking of getting rid of, and now I am going to make vanilla extract! You are brilliant!!! It is so expensive to buy – this is a great idea!
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    1. I know, Annie, it is so easy. The first time I made it, I almost laughed because it seemed impossible that it would that simple.
      Good luck with it! So glad you didn’t get rid of that vodka ~

  7. Tami M.

    Hi! I just starting making vanilla and my friends all wanted some, so I bought some small bottles online for storing liquids (there are food grade and non-food chemistry grade. I used the chemistry ones because my chemistry professor said they would be fine if I sterilized them, there are guides online for all of these). Then my friends just brought their empty bottles back for a refill. I just read that you can reuse the beans. Do you add any new beans or just use them over and over? Is there a point where the old beans are just done?

    1. Hi Tami,
      You’re a nice friend – making vanilla for your friends! Well, I know there must be a point at which the vanilla beans should not be used again but I honestly don’t know when that is. I add a couple of new beans whenever I make it (which is about every 6 months or so – ). After a bottle is finished, I take the old ones out and put them in a new bottle and add a couple of fresh ones. Try it and see how it works. If you want a stronger flavor you can always add more.
      Thanks for asking and please let me know how yours turn out. :)

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