Sometimes it’s pretty fun trying to make your own ingredients. My sister made a big batch of homemade vanilla extract and used it for Christmas gifts! Pretty smart and saved a ton of money. She saved some of the leftover beans she had and gave them to me to try it out myself. The beans were pretty dried out but I decided to try making it anyway. It’s pretty simple and fun and I’m hoping it will turn out even though the beans are a bit old.
Vodka – $5.99
Vanilla Beans – FREE! Though I would’ve spent about $6.30 for the amount I used.
Not only would I have a lifetime of vanilla extract but I can also use this for gifting too. All I need to do is buy some small bottles and then gift it away. Hehe, not an original idea of course because my sister did do it before me. Doesn’t mean I can’t do the same thing too! With homemade vanilla extract I can also keep adding more vodka as I use it up. The extract intensifies for 6 months until I’m supposed to strain out the beans.
Here’s the recipe so you can try it yourself.
-1/4 lb of beans for every quart of vodka you have
-clean bottle with cap, green or brown work best if you have it to block light
1. Chop beans into 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Place vodka and beans into bottle.
3. Keep bottle in a cool dark place.
4. Shake bottle daily for one month. May use at this point but leaving the beans in longer will allow it to intensify.
5. After 6 months strain out the beans.
If this ends up working then I’ll have 24oz of vanilla extract. Guaranteed without any preservatives and additives. If it doesn’t then I’ll have some vanilla flavored vodka. It’ll be fun to see what happens!