Homemade Vanilla Extract

Brief description of recipe: quick and easy. Great to use to make ice cream (recipe to follow on another page), cookies, cakes, scones, custards, coffee/tea, crème brulee, vanilla balsamic chicken or salmon, glazes, whipped cream etc.… Side note: 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract is equal to one 2-inch piece of vanilla bean, so 1 typical large vanilla bean will equal 3 teaspoons extract (1 tablespoon) 

Serves #: 8 ounces 


  • 5-6 large Stavoren Trading Co. Vanilla Beans (buy now)
  • Vodka, rum or alcohol of choice
*Tip: Different alcohols can slightly alter the flavor of the extract
Vodka: most common, neutral, pure flavor
Rum: depends on variety, can be smooth, sweet, rich or spicy
Bourbon: complex, deep flavor
Brandy: unique heavier flavor 



  1. Slice Stavoren Trading Co. Vanilla Beans vertically and place into an 8 ounce bottle 
  1. Add alcohol to completely cover beans
  1. Shake 1-2 times a week, wait about 8 weeks for the alcohol to extract the vanilla. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight and Enjoy!