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  • Kendra Werner

    homemade pure vanilla extract There's just something special about pure vanilla extract. The sweet, floral aroma... the cozy richness... the depth... The draw we all have to add it to just about everything we bake... The thing is... there really is a difference between good vanilla and mediocre vanilla. If, like me, you have ever been to Mexico before... you have likely picked up a big bottle or two of very cheap vanilla extract. Or you have bought some tiny bottles at your grocery store for a ridiculously high price! But do we really have any idea what's in those vanilla extracts we buy? And isn't it always just more fun to know exactly where something is coming from and saving a bunch of money while you're at it?? This homemade vanilla extract is so incredibly simple! You put a few vanilla beans in a bottle and cover them with vodka. Let it sit for 2-3 months or more and you've got amazing homemade vanilla extract! And the best part?? When you make vanilla extract this way, as the bottle gets low (say 1/3 of it is used up!), you just top it off with fresh vodka and there you go! Genius!! Are you wondering why I have a need for 24 bottles of vanilla extract? Well, besides my love for it... I am working on Christmas gifts! (So please... if you are a family member who usually gets a gift from us, please forget that you ever saw this post!) :o) Also, I am running low on vanilla extract myself... which turned out to be great motivation to get started on my Christmas gifts early this year! (I also made a few bottles of rum-soaked vanilla for myself... thinking that will make some yummy whipped cream flavoring this winter!) Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract Recipe adapted from Bethany Actually Ingredients: good-quality vanilla beans vodka, rum or bourbon Directions: Cut the vanilla beans in half crosswise and then slice them in half again lengthwise. Place several pieces (I use 6 pieces - or 1 1/2 whole beans worth - in my 4oz bottles) in a glass bottle or jar. Fill completely to cover the beans with vodka. Cover tightly and place in a cool, dark place for 2-3 months or longer for best flavor! I left the quantities out of this recipe on purpose. It's not an exact science! I bought a 1/2 pound of really amazing madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and two big bottles of semi-cheap vodka and that made 24-4oz bottles of vanilla with about 1/4 pound of vanilla beans leftover (don't worry I have lots of plans for those beans!). I got my vanilla beans here... my cute little glass bottles here... and my vodka at the local liquor store!

  • SarahAnn

    You put a few vanilla beans in a bottle and cover them with vodka. Let it sit for 2-3 months or more and you've got amazing homemade vanilla extract! Great Christmas gift idea

  • Jessica Saxton

    HOMEMADE vanilla extract would make for a great hostess gift!

  • Amelia Wood

    Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract. Ingredients: approx. ¼ lb. Madagascar vanilla beans; 2 big bottles vodka or rum; 24 4-oz glass bottles. Cut beans in half crosswise and then lengthwise. Place 6 pieces in each 4-oz glass bottle. Fill with vodka or rum. Cover tightly; store in cool, dark place for 2 to 3 months (or longer). Get beans and bottles from Recipe from

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  • sharon rios

    This great. I use vanilla extract in almost everything. Thanx

  • Shannon Vowell

    Love this idea!! ♥

  • nicosaatch

    how do you make this? this is a great christmas gift idea. :)

  • natalie osborne

    Natalie, I have a collection of Crown Royal whiskey bottles (375ml) with twist on caps. Will they work for this???? I can't wait to get started.

  • Kelly Cummings Wertenbach

    Made vanilla as Christmas gifts a couple years ago... had good prices on the beans. I reused water bottles & made a pretty label. The final product was less upscale but more practical with young kitchen helpers about.

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all you need is Vodka, vanilla beans and a month for steeping. I think I found my homemade Christmas Gift

Easy Homemade Vanilla Extract! 5 minutes or less in prep and WAY cheaper than store bought. Makes for great gifts! #the better half #recipes #gifts

DIY Vanilla Extract! While in the kitchen, my friend was telling me how he hates using vanilla extract because it gets expensive and just a few moments after that, I measure about a tablespoon of vanilla extract and manage to spill some precious supply on his kitchen counter :( I felt so bad!! But we laughed about and now we may just have to try to make this! haha

Homemade Vanilla Extraact. This stuff is delicious and totally worth trying at least once.

How to - homemade vanilla extract..make enough for the bakers in your family or friends

Akshayapaatram: Home-made Extracts

Homemade Vanilla Extract!! Wish I would have known this 3 months ago for Christmas Baking! Trying it with Absolut and Whole Foods vanilla beans!

Vanilla Extract: 5 vanilla beans per 8 ounces of 70 proof alcohol.Any type of alcohol can be used, but bottom shelf vodka is most common because it will not add any additional flavors to the extract. Bourbon, rum and brandy can also be used. After 8 short weeks the extract is ready to enjoy.