Did you know you can make vanilla extract at home?? Yes! And did you know it requires only TWO simple ingredients: vodka + vanilla beans. This makes the PERFECT gift for the baker or food lover in your life!
Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise, just enough so that you pierce through one side of the bean.
Place the vanilla beans inside a bottle and cover completely with the vodka. Top with a lid. Shake the bottle vigorously, then place in a cool, dark place (like a cupboard or your pantry).
Shake the bottle every day for 4 weeks (I put a daily reminder on my calendar so I wouldn't forget). For the next 4 weeks you can shake it less often, like ~3x a week. Vanilla will be ready to use in 8 weeks. Shake before using.
I’ve made this recipe multiple times using a wide range of alcohols — plain vodka, strawberry vodka, whipped cream flavored vodka, Fireball (yeah, I know, not the most natural product out there), and even bourbon … the options are endless! I want to try this using chocolate-flavored vodka and coconut-flavored vodka too (*foodgasms*)
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Amount Per Serving (1 serving = 1 teaspoon)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.