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Homemade Vanilla Extract

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When I saw how easy it was to make my own vanilla, I decided that I would try it out. I found a nice bottle, bought some vanilla beans in bulk, and a bottle of vodka, and invested about 10 minutes of my time.

homemade vanilla extract recipe

Making your own vanilla extract might seem silly, but it is one of the most practical things to make yourself. When you bake often, you go through a lot of vanilla. Pure, high-quality vanilla is expensive. I would go through a bottle almost every other week. When I saw how easy it was to make my own vanilla, I decided that I would try it out. I found a nice bottle, bought some vanilla beans in bulk, and a bottle of vodka, and invested about 10 minutes of my time. I started my bottle this time last year, and have not bought vanilla in almost a year. You can make it with bourbon, but I prefer vodka. For no other reason, I like to see my progress, and it is much easier to see in a clear liquid. Since I bought vanilla beans in bulk, I had about 35 leftovers, and have been using them in everything. Vanilla bean adds so much depth of flavor to baking, and the black little seeds running through your baked goods are just plain sexy.

When I use a vanilla bean and scrape the seeds out, I add the leftover pod to my main jar of vanilla. When I am starting to get low, I just add more vodka and let it sit. I keep a smaller bottle of vanilla in my pantry and just head to my vanilla extract supply when I start to run out. The resulting vanilla is floral and has no additives as store-bought vanilla can have. I bought some small brown apothecary bottles and made these into gifts for all of the bakers in my life. I found cute little labels at Anthropologie and added a little bow.

Homemade Vanilla Ingredients //

  • 1 bottle vodka
  • 10-15 vanilla beans
  • 1 large bottle with a tight-fitting lid
homemade vanilla extract recipe

How to Make // The Steps

Step 1: Split the vanilla bean in half. You can use a sharp knife or a pair of scissors.

homemade vanilla extract recipe

Step 2: Add the split beans to the bottle.

homemade vanilla extract recipe

Step 3: Pour the vodka over the vanilla beans.

Don’t the vanilla beans look beautiful?

homemade vanilla extract recipe

Step 4: Put the lid on the bottle, and store for a few weeks. Give the bottle a shake every few days.

homemade vanilla extract recipe

Step 5: 3 weeks later, you have a deep, dark, vanilla extract.

homemade vanilla extract recipe

Step 6: Pour the vanilla into smaller bottles (a funnel is helpful), add a label and a bow, and you have a perfect holiday gift.

homemade vanilla extract recipe
homemade vanilla extract recipe
homemade vanilla extract recipe

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Yield: 1 liter

Homemade Vanilla Extract - It might seem weird to make your own, but you control the quality of the beans that you use and that makes all the differnce.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle vodka
  • 10-15 vanilla beans
  • 1 large bottle with a tight fitting lid

Instructions

  1. Split the vanilla bean in half. You can use a sharp knife or a pair of scissors.
  2. Add the split beans to the bottle.
  3. Pour the vodka over the vanilla beans.
  4. Put the lid on the bottle, and store for a few weeks. Give the bottle a shake every few days.
  5. 3 weeks later, you have a deep, dark, vanilla extract.
  6. Pour the vanilla into smaller bottles (a funnel is helpful), add a label and a bow, and you have a perfect holiday gift.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Natalie Fujita

Friday 21st of August 2015

I buy vodka in a really big bottle from Costco, so can you tell me how many ounces or cups you used to make this recipe for vanilla extract? It sounds delicious as so many of your recipes are!

bakedbree

Wednesday 26th of August 2015

I made this years ago (and am still using the same bottle). My guess is 2-3 cups.

Elizabeth Adams

Friday 3rd of January 2014

Absolutely brilliant idea. Saving the $. Thanks!

bakedbree

Sunday 5th of January 2014

You are welcome!

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