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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract
Homemade Vanilla Extract
After tiring of paying through the nose to buy vanilla extract for all of my baking needs, I decided to invest in the process up front and make my own. It’s quite easy, and the taste can’t be beat!
Here’s what you need:
Sanitized jars that can be sealed well. 
Fresh Vanilla Beans 6 per pint-sized jar is fine. Just remember, the more vanilla beans you have, the stronger your extract will be.
Your Choice of Vodka, 1.75mL worth – I used Skol because I have no idea what type of Vodka is “good” vodka.  No, really, I’m totally an alcohol novice. You could give me gin, and tell me it’s vodka (I just learned that they are the same color while on my trip to the grocery store) and I’d skip happily away. Don’t judge me.
Cutting board
Pairing Knife
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Take your paring knife and slice the vanilla bean from tip to tip. You don’t want to slice through to the other side, but you do want the skin to open up to reveal the seedy part. It’s going to look like dirt. Seriously.

Put the beans into the mason jar.

Put the lid on the jar.

Screw it on. 
Store these in a cool dark place and give them a shake every couple of weeks. You can let these sit for as long as you want – of course, the vanilla flavor will steep more the longer you wait. I plan to give these out as Christmas presents to the bakers in my family. Easy peasy,  and quite easy on the wallet. PLUS – you’re getting WAY more than you do in those two-ounce deals in the grocery store. How ‘bout them apples?!
Homemade Vanilla Extract

Came back to add – after the extract has gotten to the strength that you desire, strain it into a dark bottle with cheesecloth (to catch the vanilla beans) – decorate it with a label, and voila! Your very own homemade vanilla extract.

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Danasia Fantastic

Monday 18th of December 2017

My mom would love this tutorial! She uses Vanilla Extract daily!

Ramona C

Sunday 17th of December 2017

Vanilla Extract is a staple in my kitchen. I'm bookmarking this post. It will be cool to make my own in the future.


Saturday 16th of December 2017

The price of Vanilla extract has drastically increased. This could save some me money and it actually looks pretty easy to do. Maybe I’ll give it a try.


Thursday 14th of December 2017

I have always wanted to know how to do this, but always figured it was one of those things that was not a part of my ministry. But you make it look so easy! Can't wait to try this out!


Wednesday 13th of December 2017

What an easy and useful recipe! Although it does make me wonder if I should be putting vanilla extract into my green smoothies. Lol ‍♀️

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