Feb 22
DIY: Vanilla Extract3 Comments

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!

Homemade Vanilla

vanilla beans
cute containers
free printable labels

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

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3 Responses to DIY: Vanilla Extract

  1. Kerry Bird says:

    Woah, this is awesome, Krissy! I want to make this! I cry every time I have to buy vanilla extract and it’s such a cute idea for a gift!

  2. Jason says:

    As a frequent baker, this seems like a great idea, but do you know if it will keep its potency over time? Like, if I make a large batch that takes a while to use, will the flavor potentially weaken?

    • Krissy says:

      If you make a big batch it should not weaken over time. I have read that once your bottle is finished, all you have to do is add more vodka and let it sit again.

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