Need a homemade holiday gift idea? Ever wondered how to make vanilla extract? We hadn’t either, until our sister/sister-in-law presented us with this bottle of homemade vanilla extract she’d made herself. Not only does it taste good, but it looks pretty cool, too. Here’s how you can make your own.
Take it away, Ruth.
Take a resealable 8 ounce bottle and fill it most of the way up with vodka. Doesn’t have to be fancy vodka.
Take 2 or 3 vanilla beans and slice them down the middle, long ways, so that they open up but aren’t cut in half. It you want to be efficient and get all that you can from the bean, cut them up into segments about an inch long. If you want to be artsy drop the whole bean in the bottle. Smaller pieces means you get vanilla extract more quickly.
Close the lid tightly and shake the bejesus out of the bottle for a few seconds. Then find a cupboard that you will open periodically and stick the extract in there. Every few days or maybe every week give it a good shake.
It took over a month before my extract was at the level of vanilliness that I wanted but then I still left the beans in there because I certainly won’t be upset with it increasing in vanilla goodness over time.
Use just as you would regular extract.
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