Monday, July 8, 2013

Making Your Own Vanilla Extract

There many things that one can do to be more self sufficient and save money, and have a healthier product. Making your own vanilla extract is one.

I have read of a few different ways of making homemade vanilla extract, however we have found this to be the easiest. 

It is really incredibility simple.

All you need are Vanilla Beans,a jar and some vodka. We usually buy the cheapest locally made vodka we can find. I am sure a more expensive vodka would make an even better tasting vanilla, but for our baking this works.

Simply sterilize a jar by pouring boiling water into it. Let the jar dry.

Place vanilla bean in the jar and cover with vodka.

Let sit a few weeks for the flavors to develop. The longer it sits, the stronger the vanilla flavor will be.

As we use the vanilla we add more vodka until the vanilla looses some of it's flavor. You will know once you use the vanilla and get used to the flavor when you may want to add more vodka. We also have been known to add another vanilla bean to an existing bottle and continue the process.

We have been making vanilla extract this way for the past 15 years or so and have had great luck.