Homemade Vanilla Extract


A few weeks ago, Q's brother sent us a link about making your own deliciously homemade vanilla extract. We'd already been putting together a Christmas basket of different little ingredients for Q's parents who love to bake & cook, so the vanilla extract seemed perfect for them (hopefully along with everyone else we plan to give this to!).

It was pretty simple to make: I ordered the beans inexpensively here on ebay, found mini bottles in bulk using a promo code here, and picked up one very large bottle of vodka at Target while buying Christmas lights. : ) I made most of it in larger jars, as it takes a month or two before it's ready to be strained and used. Since I needed it sooner for the gifts, I made those right in the mini bottles (1 1/2 beans per 4oz), with a note to the recipients to strain once ready.

My sister in-law is also trying this out with bourbon...already looking forward to swapping batches with her and having an excuse to make all kinds of treats!

12 comments:

kelly said...

Neat! What a good idea, I may try this for next year!

Danie at Pasadya said...

Oooh, my friend made me homemade vanilla extract last year, and I LOVE it. I actually love the way it looks when it still needs to be strained. Definitely pinning this! :)

rooth said...

That's a wonderful idea... it's got to also be cheaper than buying it from the store right?

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

I had no idea that making vanilla extract could be so simple!

Chloe Moon said...

I put vanilla extract in everything from my butter cream icing to my pancakes. I really should try this out! =)

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alli/hooray said...

rooth, I forgot to mention but yes! It is way cheaper to make once you have all the supplies.

Gloria said...

Oooh thanks for sharing your awesome vanilla bean source - I'll definitely be trying this!

this free bird said...

Very cool idea. Bookmarking!

Lo said...

My friend mentioned she was making some for her gifts this year too. I think it's such a brilliant idea!

Laicie said...

LOVE this!! I have to try!

Bottle Labels said...

I receive a gift of vanilla from Mexico and it was sooo much better than the grocery store version. I'm going to have to try this version. Thanks.

Faren said...

Love this idea!

What size bottle did you use?

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