Anyone Ever DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract?



Elite Member
May 27, 2016
near Roanoke VA
584 IH 4WD
We have been kicking DIY Vanilla Extract around for a little over 6 months now,,
We have made two batches,, both with rum rather than vodka,,
Actually, about 5 years ago, we made a batch of vanilla extract with vodka,, it was boring, that is why we switched to rum.

Our recent results have been VERY good,, the majority of the extract that we made this time was for Christmas gifts,, and making chocolate chip cookies,,

There are lots of types of alcohol and a half dozen different types of vanilla beans to use,, so that leaves lots of possible combinations,,

So,, I was wondering,, has anyone else experimented with variations on DIY vanilla extract?


Gold Member
Sep 4, 2020
On a big hill in central NY
Masey Ferguson GC1725M
I made 1 quart of vanilla 5 years ago and we're still using it :p

We had another batch that I made about a year before this last one and I wanted to make some more so it could sit and age as long as possible before use. I actually thought we'd use up the previous batch quicker than we did.

If I remember correctly I used whatever rum I could get cheap and Mexican vanilla beans, I don't remember where I got the beans, one of the local natural food stores if I remember. I don't give it away, so it's only for our own use. The reason I make my own is because even with the cost of vanilla beans being extremely high it is still much less expensive to make it yourself than to buy the pre-made stuff in the store.

I keep it in dark brown bottles in my basement on a shelf in a dark corner.


Veteran Member
Oct 13, 2001
Upstate NY, USA
Kubota L3710 HST and a Kubota ZD21 60Pro
I've made a couple of batches, with vodka. Bought the beans on-line, sliced them lengthwise and stuffed them into a tall bottle with a wire bail cap. I store the bottles in the pantry, give them a shake every few weeks and you're good to go for life. When the extract gets down to 50%, top it off with fresh vodka. I gave several away. All are still going strong 5+ years later.


Platinum Member
Jun 10, 2015
St. Paul TX
LS MT240HE. JD LA145.
Wife does, She found a DIY vanilla forum or whatever they are on pintrest I think it is, and most use some vanilla bean importer web-site to order beans, she has ordered a few times. She said it's one of the least expensive sources so far.
I believe she has used vodka and rum as well and pretty sure the rum variations are our favorites.
As you can tell, I don't really know the details. :)