Homemade Vanilla Extract

This is not a Thermomix recipe but it’s a pretty darn easy one and is very useful if, like me, you use a lot of vanilla extract in your cooking. It is much cheaper to make your own vanilla extract and you know what’s in it! The only problem is that it takes a long time to macerate but your patience will pay! You can top up this extract as you use it by adding a bit of alcohol (either Rum or Vodka) and adding a used vanilla pod once in a while…


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200ml alcohol (Vodka or Rum – dark or white)
3 vanilla pods
1 tbsp golden syrup or cane sugar syrup or agave syrup



  1. Pour alcohol in a glass jar.
  2. Cut the vanilla pods in half lengthways and add to the jar.
  3. Add the syrup and mix well.
  4. Close the jar and leave in a dark cool place (cupboard) for minimum 3 weeks, shaking once per week at the beginning.
  5. When using, top up with the alcohol and add a used vanilla pod every so often.
  6. This will keep you going for a long time. The power of vanilla pods will last for 1 year, so discard older ones and replace with a fresh ones every year.

3 Responses to Homemade Vanilla Extract

  1. This is very handy for me. I never thought you can make your own extract. I use it all the time in my baking and would love to make it myself. Will try this soon. Thank you Nora!

  2. tu as raison rien de telle que fais maison bravo quelle courage

  3. une découverte pour moi qui n’utilise que du sucre vanillé réalisé avec momo !

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