I do so much backing anymore that I feel like I go though a bottle of Vanilla Extract every month. And Pure Vanilla Extract is not cheap. The other day I came across this post on Homemade Vanilla Extract, I was so excited that I hurried and placed my order on Amazon. Today I started my first batch of Homemade Vanilla Extract! I can’t wait until it’s ready! It takes about 6 months to be ready, so I’m starting now for Christmas. I might even use some of gifts! One site I read said that it can be ready in about 4 weeks, but the longer you let it set the better it gets!
If you read the ingredients on your bottle of vanilla extract, you’ll see that many brands decided vanilla extract needs to be watered down and have sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it. The only things that should be in it are vanilla beans and alcohol? So why not make your own and save a little while your at it!
Once you get your beans, you’ll want to cut them down the middle keeping the ends attached. See photo below:
I picked up these great bottles from Amazon when I ordered the beans. They are perfect for gift giving!
I made some cute labels for my bottles and on the back I wrote this:
This vanilla extract has been steeping for about 6 months. It contains vodka and high quality bourbon vanilla beans. When it gets a little low, simply add more unflavored vodka and you’ll never run out of great vanilla extract.
I made tons of cookies using my Homemade Vanilla and for gifts placed them in this cute box with the Vanilla showing out the front. They were big hits!