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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

April 5th, 2011  |  5 Comments

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When you read how simple this is, you’re going to wish you had know about it years ago.  Goodness!  I’ve spent a lot of unnecessary money on the store-bought version before I learned about this.


The recipe:  (if you could call it that)

You  break up about 10 vanilla beans either dried or  not, into small pieces and put  them in an amber bottle  of 1 pint of the finest alcohol you’re willing to buy.  I’ll be honest, I splurge when it comes to my vanilla extract and I buy Courvoisier brandy. It’s  delicious French brandy but I’ve also had decent result with plain old 180 proof vodka.

Let it sit in a cool dark place for at least a month or so.


Then it’s vanilla extract!  I often present it as a housewarming gift  after decanting  to a lovely bottle.

As the volume goes down, I add more alcohol and I’m often able  to eek out  another rendering.

Here are my sources of vanilla beans that  are usually less costly than buying from the local grocery store.


1)       http://myworld.ebay.com/vanillaproducts

2)       Bulkfoods.com

3)       Penzey’s





Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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5 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla Extract”

  1. Pam says:

    Much much simpler, indeed!

  2. Elizabeth Thompson says:

    I never thought to use fine brandy. Yum!

  3. Audrey says:

    It looks like amazon’s website is a good source for vanilla beans-has anyone had luck with amazon vanilla beans? : )

  4. Tammy says:

    I made up several bottles after Halloween to give as Christmas gifts! I read online that if you keep topping of the bottle of vanilla it will last for years!

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