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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ok…so I bake. Alot. I love vanilla and use tons of it, but it is so expensive, so I figured I would try and make my own. I just got it all in the jar today, and you have to let it sit for a couple of months before you use it, but hey, it’s Vodka and Fresh Vanilla beans, how can it go wrong?

I found the Vanilla beans at my local health food store, and the Vodka…well of course I had some on hand.

What you need:

  • 3 Vanilla Beans
  • 1 cup Vokda
  • I glass jar with tight fitting lid

What you do:

~Take a sharp knife and slice the vanilla bean down the center leaving an inch at the end connected.

~Put the beans in a jar with a tight fitting lid, you can use any kind you like, a mason jar will work, it is just awkward to use it from there so I would have a smaller bottle to pour it into to use once it’s ready. Cover completely with the Vodka.

~Give the bottle a shake every once and a while, store in a cool dark place for 2 months or longer.

This lasts for years, you can top off the vodka and add a fresh bean after a while as you use the vanilla, just remember to shake it occasionally :)

 

2 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla Extract

  1. Lafemmeroar

    Does it come out like the vanilla extract in the little bottle? I pay like $7.99 for a tiny bottle … so this will definitely save me money … and the alcohol does cook out so kids can eat it too right? Good tip :)

    1. The Redneck Princess Post author

      I hope it comes out like the super expensive extract. I have just made it myself. I love the fact you can top it up as you use it! And yes, you wouldn’t need much so it would absolutely be safe for everyone to consume :)

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