Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Extract



One of my goals for 2012 is to make and use ingredients from scratch.  First up: vanilla extract!  This was my first time making my own vanilla extract, and I couldn't believe how easy it was!  I gave away my first batch as gifts at Christmastime, but I just ordered more bottles to make some for myself.

DIY Vanilla Extract
3 whole vanilla beans per 8 oz of alcohol
clean glass bottles or jars
high-proof alcohol like vodka, bourbon or rum (I used vodka)

Split three vanilla beans lengthwise and place in a clean glass bottle or jar.  Pour 8 ounces of alcohol over the beans. Seal the bottle tightly.  Store in a dark, cool place for two months.  Shake the bottle occasionally.  After two months, your vanilla is ready!

Note:  I get my vanilla beans from here and the bottles are from here

30 comments:

  1. Oh I love this!! Such a fun hostess gift! Great idea :)

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  2. no way!! That is so cool Sherri! Love your ideas.
    Will have to remember this one to try soon:)

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  3. So much fun and who doesn't love to have a pretty bottle to use when they're baking. Might have to try this for some b day presents.

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  4. That is so funny - my mother-in-law gave me vanilla beans in my Christmas stocking to do this very thing! She has been doing it for years. I am so excited to try it. Isn't it awesome? and so cheap??

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  5. I'm impressed! This doesn't look too hard, but knowing me, I will probably stick to store bought vanilla...don't hate ;)

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  6. Is it really that simple?! I'm amazed!

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  7. Great idea. I could have used this for Christmas gifts...

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  8. I've been meaning to make my own vanilla extract. Love the jars too!

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  9. I am very impressed, and the little bottles and tags are adorable!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this--I've been waiting :) I can't wait to make some soon!

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  11. These are so great and I just LOVE the bottle you used too! Such a nice gift!

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  12. Hmmm very interesting...I think I am going to have to try this! I'm sure it's better and probably less expensive than buying it!

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  13. what a great idea! this would be such a cute party favor too! love how yours turned out!

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  14. Oh I love this idea. So sweet! :)

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  15. wow! what a cool gift to give. will have to be organized enough to start making this months in advance :)

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  16. I've always wanted to do this! So cool.

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  17. Wow! So awesome! I forget sometimes of thinks that could be made from scratch!

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  18. Oh my word, so doing this!! I put vanilla extract in everything!

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  19. wwo. this is totally badass. i wouldn't expect any less from you, though.

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  20. Really? That's it? I should have been making this stuff years ago!!

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  21. Awesome!! I'm looking forward to what else you'll be making from scratch!

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  22. I am so doing this. I had to send my hubby to the store the other day because I ran out and I realized how much I go through. Hopefully it's more cost effective...or...at least better quality :)

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  23. I've got to remember this for Christmas presents next year!

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  24. Next, you should make your own marshmallows with that vanilla extract. It's really a nice way to display the homemade vanilla flavor ;)

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  25. I made these for Christmas! I actually waited too long to start the project so they weren't fully mature... but they were so cute and everyone was impressed! I love your labels!

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  26. Sherri!
    Do you take the beans out after the 2 months are up, or do you leave them in as long as you use the vanilla? Can't wait to make these!! :)

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    1. I leave the beans in there for as long as I use the vanilla :)

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    2. Awesome, thanks! This might be a dumb question, but does it turn out well? Do you notice a difference between store-bought?

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    3. Yes, I can tell a difference between homemade and store-bought! Homemade has a richer vanilla taste, and it's much more fragrant than store-bought.

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