Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Making Vanilla Extract

I use vanilla extract all the time for cooking/baking purposes so why not make my own? It's a fun, easy little project that looks pretty and makes for a great gift!

All you need is some vodka, bottles, and vanilla beans.

I got Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Trader Joe's and cut the ends off and split the bean down the middle the long way, not cutting entirely through.

I put the beans in the bottle and poured the Vodka over the beans, using approximately 1/3 cup vodka per bean.

Then, I put the lid on the bottle tightly and stored it in a cool, dark, dry place for at least 6 weeks, but if you can wait 2-3 months before using it's a better, darker, richer flavor.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I never thought to make my own vanilla Extract. Sounds like a lot of fun. And what great gift for the bakers in your life. I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for sharing.