Did you know you could make alcohol-free vanilla extract at home? Oh yes! It's easy, it's cheap, it's sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free and vegan. This recipe is super easy and requires only 3 ingredients. Perfect in cakes, frostings, ice creams and more!
Cut the vanilla beans so they can fit inside the bottle you are using. Slice the beans lengthwise, just enough so that you pierce through one side (you want to expose the tiny vanilla seeds but keep them attached to the bean).
Place the vanilla beans inside the bottle, add the salt and completely cover with the filtered water. Place the lid onto the bottle and shake vigorously.
Place the bottle in the fridge and shake once a day for 4 weeks (I put a daily reminder on my calendar so I wouldn't forget). For the next 5 weeks you can shake it less often, like 2-3x a week. The vanilla will be ready to use after these 9 weeks (although, longer the better)! Shake before using.
Once the vanilla is done steeping, the vanilla extract will keep in the fridge for ~3 months.
Homemade Alcohol-Free Vanilla Extract
Amount Per Serving (1 teaspoon)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.