Easy DIY Extracts

Skip the store bought stuff and make your own extracts. 

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Making your own extracts is easy with a few simple ingredients.

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Debbie Wolfe

Makes 8 ounces of extract per flavor.


  • vodka
  • 3-4 vanilla beans
  • 1-2 lemons
  • handful of fresh peppermint
  • 3 half pint canning jars with lids
vanilla beans, lemon and peppermint

DIY Extracts Ingredients

Making your own extracts is easy with a few simple ingredients.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Homemade flavored extracts are unbelievably easy to make and taste better than the store bought stuff. It’s also much more economical to make your own. DIY extracts make great gifts for all the food lovers in your life.

You can’t really mess up this recipe. Add more or less of the flavorings depending upon how strong you want the results to be. Also, you don’t have to buy the best quality vanilla beans to make an extract. You will also get a much better deal ordering the vanilla beans in bulk online than buying them individually at the grocery store.

lemon rind

DIY Extract Lemon Rind

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Prep the Lemon and Mint

Wash and dry the peppermint leaves. Remove the leaves from the main stem. Peel the lemon rind off of the lemon. Make sure you avoid the bitter white pith.

Chopped Vanilla Bean

DIY Extracts Chopped Vanilla Bean

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Chop the vanilla beans into 1-inch pieces. It is not necessary to scrape the vanilla seeds out.

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DIY Extract Vodka

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Add to Jars

Add the vanilla beans, peppermint and lemon rind to the half pint jars. Fill to just below the bottom screw ring on the neck of the jars.

DIY Extracts Filled Jars

DIY Extracts Filled Jars

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Let it Sit

Wipe down the rim of the jars. Add the lids and let the jars sit in a cool, dry area for at least a month. Give the jars a shake every other day or so (or when you remember). When you are ready to use, strain out some of the extract into a smaller jar or bottle. Keep the unused portion in the original jars with the flavorings.

jars of extract

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Making your own extracts is easy with a few simple ingredients.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Homemade extract will basically last for years. You can keep adding vodka to the jar as you use it, but the resulting extracts will get weaker.

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