Learn How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract at home using only 2 ingredients - vanilla beans and vodka or rum. And the best part of this vanilla extract is that it has a more defined vanilla flavor at a fraction of the cost. You won't be looking back once you try this!
Slice open each vanilla bean using a pairing knife. Scrape out the vanilla specks from the vanilla beans and place vanilla bean and specks in a jar or bottle.
Add liquor into the jar. Make sure the bean is completely submerged in alcohol. You may cut the beans if desired. Tightly close the bottle or jar. Store it in a dark cool place. Label the bottle with date and shake vigorously.
While the vanilla extract is aging, shake the bottle at least once a week. After 8 weeks you can start using the extract. HOWEVER, the flavor becomes vastly superior the longer you let it age in the bottle. For best results, you should patiently wait for a minimum of 6-12 months.