Homemade Vanilla Extract


Bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid or cork
1–3 fresh vanilla beans
Vodka (preferably OYO Honey Bean Vanilla Vodka)

Photo by Catherine Murray

Photo by Catherine Murray


Keeping the vanilla bean intact, make two slices to open up the bean. Place the bean in the bottle, 1 bean for smaller bottles, 2–3 beans for larger bottles. Fill with vodka. Store in a dark place for 2–3 weeks. Use this extract in any recipe calling for vanilla. This handcrafted vanilla extract is like a fine wine—it matures nicely with age.