Monday, November 25, 2013

Homemade Vanilla Extract

I had no idea I could make my own vanilla extract!  This Homemade Vanilla Extract would make a perfect gift for the holidays and it is so easy to make too.  I did some online research and it seems that there is no reason to use fancy alcohol so a mid-range will do.  I estimate 3 vanilla beans per cup of alcohol so if you have a larger jar, you may adjust accordingly.  The vanilla beans smell so good and I read that you can make vanilla scented sugar.  Just place a vanilla bean in a jar of sugar and that's it!  How easy is that?  Enjoy!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

1 cup alcohol (vodka, rum or bourbon)
3 vanilla beans


Split vanilla beans using a small paring knife.

Place vanilla beans in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.

Pour your alcohol of choice into the jar with vanilla beans. 

Push vanilla beans down so they are submerged.

Seal the jar and store in a cool, dark place (i.e. back of cupboard) for at least 1 month. 

Shake jar once a week.  

Notes: The vanilla extract will keep for up to 1 year at room temperature.  You can top jar off with enough alcohol to keep vanilla beans submerged.  Replace vanilla beans as they start to lose their flavor (about every 3 to 6 months).