Shelf Life of
Extract & Vanilla Substitute

What are Substitutes for Extracts? What is a Vanilla substitute?

Extract SubstitutesRun out of vanilla or another extract? Need a vanilla substitute, a substitute for lemon extract or a substitute for peppermint extract?

Whether you need a vanilla substitute or another flavor check the table below for ideas on what to substitute for vanilla or your other favorite extract:

Table of Extract Substitutes:

Extract Amount Substitute
Vanilla substitute 1 teaspoon 1/2 Vanilla Bean
*OR* 1 teaspoon of Almond
*OR* 1 teaspoon Orange extract
Lemon Extract substitute 1 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon of Lemon Oil
Peppermint Extract Substitute 1 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon of Peppermint Oil
Almond Extract Substitute 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract



If you only need 1/4 teaspoon of extract, you can substitute just 2 drops of a similar flavored oil instead of the extract.

Many extracts substitute well for each other, like almond extract instead of vanilla extract or lemon extract instead of lime extract. But some will alter the flavor of your resulting recipe, so be sure the new flavor will compliment the other ingredients in your recipe. All these extracts can be substituted for each other in equal measurements.

For information on using a citrus zest as a substitute see our page on lemon zest.
For more information on vanilla extract visit our webpage on how long does vanilla extract last.

To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the DairyDrinksFruitsGrainsProteinsVegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below.

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Hope you found a suitable vanilla substitute for your needs.