Vanilla extract, which is in practically every baked good recipe on earth, should have 2 ingredients in it: alcohol and vanilla beans. If your vanilla extract has more than these 2 ingredients, consider how unnecessary the other ingredients are. Plus, this is so easy to make, you’re never going to buy vanilla extract again.
- 1 bottle of vodka (I like to use a glass bottle so I bought the glass bottle brand. My bottle was 750 ML but I took some of the vodka out first to make room for the vanilla beans.)
- Vanilla beans (I bought mine at WinCo Foods, in the the bulk food spice department. These are expensive so do a little comparative shopping.)
- Split the vanilla beans lengthwise.
- Add vanilla beans to glass bottle of vodka.
- Place in dark cupboard for about 4-6 months, giving bottle a shake every few weeks – or whenever you think about it.
- Use it in your baked goods and enjoy.
So easy and so flavorful – plus no other sweeteners or junk.
The bigger the bottle of vodka, the more vanilla beans you’ll need. You can reuse the vanilla beans but they will become less potent with each use. For this recipe, I’m adding 2-fresh vanilla beans but reusing the ones from my previous batches.
It’s best to have 2 bottles of this in your cupboard so that you can use one bottle while the other is turning into vanilla. Or, you can periodically refresh just the one bottle by adding a little vodka and a vanilla bean now and then.
Here’s a video showing you how easy it is:
Can you believe how easy that is?
Have you made your own vanilla extract?
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Reusing glass jars and how to get them ready for re-use
Homemade chocolate chip cookies – I swear these are almost health food!
More related links:
Try this site: Vanilla beans and extracts