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March 20, 2021

Homemade Vanilla Essence

Homemade Vanilla Essence

How To Make Vanilla Extract/Essence

What I love about this recipe is you only need 2 ingredients for a gorgeous vanilla extract/Essence from scratch: vanilla beans and vodka. using a sharp knife slice open your vanilla beans, use the back of the knife to scrape out the beans. Plance vanilla beans infuse and vodka in a jar and let infuse for at least 8 weeks, but for optimal flavor, wait at least 6-12 months before using. Homemade vanilla is more cost-efficient than store-bought options.

Using Vanilla Extract/Essence

Vanilla extract / essence is such a versatile ingredient and is used in so many different recipes, dishes, and desserts. Just one teaspoon of this epic extract will transform your waffles, pancakes, cake, or slice from good to great, or simply make this recipe and package it up as a gorgeous thoughtful present for your fellow foodie loving friends.

Three reasons to make Vanilla extract / essence at home?

  1. Most importantly this homemade vanilla extract recipe it’s tastier than most store-bought options
  2. Although the additional outlay may seem more expensive you get over 10x more extract for a fraction of the cost
  3. It’s super easy to make and great in cocktails

Single Fold vs. Double Fold Vanilla extract / essence

Single-fold vanilla extract is what most manufacturers of commercial extract make.  A single-fold extract is required to use (13 ounces) 400g of vanilla beans per 3.7lt (1 gallon) of vodka.

Double-fold vanilla extracts are what professional bakers prefer to use, it holds a superior flavor and fragrance, It’s super potent and gives your baked goods and desserts a gnarly vanilla flavor. Double-fold vanilla extract is required to be made with 650g (23 ounces) of beans per gallon 3.7lt (1 gallon) of vodka. .  And double-fold vanilla extract is much more expensive but in my opinion worth the cost.

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  • SERVES: 2



  • Single-fold

    400g (13 ounces) 

    3.7lt (1 gallon) of vodka.


    650g (23 ounces)

    3.7lt (1 gallon) of vodka


    • To make vanilla essence simple mix vanilla bean and 80 proof vodka in a jar and let infuse for 6+ months until fragrant and dark.


  • 25cm pan with lid
  • Chopping board
  • Camp suitcase stove

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