Vanilla extract can get expensive, especially if you buy pure vanilla extract. You do know the imitation stuff is wood pulp, right? Well, now you do. I had bought triple strength vanilla extract from the Farmer’s Market, but I’m going to make my own this year. Homemade vanilla extract is really very easy. You can do this. I can do this.
Here’s what you need:
1 1.75l bottle of vodka. Not the cheapest stuff you can find, but the stuff that’s one shelf above it.
45 Whole Vanilla Beans – I’m ordering these – 1/2 lb of Madagascar Vanilla Beans– (Amazon link) because I want a few for other recipes. You’re already saving a boatload of money because that’s about $.50/per bean. Whole beans go for $4.99 EACH at Central Market.
*If you’re going to make this for gifts, you’re also going to need small bottles. Unless you really really love the recipient.*
Cut the beans in half lengthwise, leaving an inch together. You want to expose the seeds, but still leave the beans together. Pour out a bit of the vodka to leave room for the beans. Cap and shake. Store in a dark place for up to 6 months, shaking once a week or so. Homemade vanilla extract shall be yours! No add-ins, no junk you can’t pronounce, and a lot cheaper than buying it at the store. Even with a coupon.
I’m using SuperPoints and Swagbucks to fund this project. As soon as my beans come in, I’ll update with pictures. What are you going to make this year?This post may contain affiliate links. You can see my full policy here.