With my baking habits, I go through vanilla extract like crazy. I prefer the real stuff to imitation, but it’s way too expensive for a grad student on a budget! So I was thrilled to find this recipe for DIY vanilla extract.
After making a one-time purchase of adorable (and inexpensive) swing-top bottles, I was ready to assemble the ingredients. Vanilla beans, check. Cheap handle of vodka, check. (It was so cheap that Gabe said we couldn’t drink any or we would probably die. This stuff is only for baking.)
The equation: 3 split vanilla beans + 8 oz. vodka + 2 months in the cupboard = 8 oz. homemade vanilla extract!
I’m bummed that I can’t start using it right away, but in a couple months I will have two bottles of (hopefully) delicious vanilla extract.
Besides the warm feeling I get when I make something from scratch, here’s an added bonus: 16 oz. of vanilla extract cost $10 to make. The normal price for 16 oz. of high-quality vanilla extract is $30-35. (Krista for the win!)
I would love to make a bunch of bottles for Christmas presents, but I’m always hesitant to pack breakables in my checked baggage… of course if they broke my clothing would just smell delicious!
Homemade Vanilla Extract
- 3 vanilla beans, split
- 8 oz. cheap vodka
Place vanilla beans in an airtight bottle. Add vodka. Store in a cool, dark place for two months, shaking gently once a week or so.
Source: Annie’s Eats