Recipe of the Week: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Recipe of the Week

From the taste kitchen of Dr. Sarah Laginess and Family

Homemade Vanilla Extract


  • 2 vanilla beans fresh
  • 1 375-ml bottle vodka I buy a mid-grade brand like Smirnoff



  • Slit each vanilla bean down the center longways. Slide all four pieces into the vodka bottle.
  • Let sit for a minimum of a couple weeks so it can start to infuse.
  • If desired, transfer to decorative glass food-safe bottles to give as gifts.


  • This makes a nice gift.
  • I used individual vanilla beans and placed them into decorative bottles and added the vodka to those.
  • I purchased the vanilla beans at Costco.
  • I found the decorative bottles at Target but you could also find them at a craft store or on-line.