Did you know that making your own vanilla at home is incredibly easy? I first set out to make vanilla this past holiday season. I was looking for the perfect gift for my former fourth grade partners, knowing that most of them love to bake, I thought this would make the best gift. I paired it with some magnetic stackable measuring spoons that I have and absolutely adore.
I just finished up my second batch recently to gift to my mom, granny, sister, and sister-in-law for Valentine’s Day. I had ordered a ton of beans and was not using them quick enough. I also made myself a batch this time because if you love to bake like me, that small expensive bottle from the grocery store doesn’t last long. We did a smell test on the bottle I made at home and the store-bought variety, the difference in smell was crazy. The one I made smelled so fresh and I look forward to being able to use my vanilla very soon.
I have included links below as to where I got my beans, containers, and a link to get some free printables. As for the vodka, any kind will do, no need to go out and buy some Grey Goose. Go ahead, spend the weekend doing some DIY!
What you’ll do:
Split the vanilla bean using a knife. Place in jar and repeat. For every 8 oz. of vodka use 3 vanilla beans. (The containers above held about 8 oz. so each one got 3 beans.) Place in a dark place and let ferment for 3 months, give it a little shake every so often, and get ready to enjoy!
Source: Various food blogs