Monday, April 18, 2011

{make do monday: vanilla extract}

{homemade vanilla extract}

 {This is actually pretty ridiculously easy. Directions are barely required. All you really need is vanilla beans (I used 3-4) vodka, and a bottle to mix in. I used a pop top bottle from Ikea.}

 {Simply make a small slice down the middle of the vanilla beans length wise to open them up. Don't cut all the way through. Place the beans in the bottle and fill with vodka to cover your beans.}

{Your concoction needs to sit for at least 2 weeks before you notice a significant difference. Every few days give it a good little shake to mix things up. You'll not the extract getting darker the longer it sits. Store your homemade vanilla extract in a cool dark place. It should last a long long time. As you use your extract you can top it off with vodka as you run low and use the same beans for awhile. if you notice it isn't as strong anymore just add a new vanilla bean or two. It's really that easy and it smells soooo good! Enjoy!}



  1. i LOVE homemade vanilla. i think it tastes so much better than store bought :D

  2. We go to a christmas gift exchange where everything has to be handmade and then you play pirate... My friend brought this once! I owned it for 5 minutes ;)

  3. I'm Jennie from Our adventure. Google hates me and won't let me comment on any blogs under my acct. but I wanted to share a little tip about the vanilla extract. Use Brandy instead of vodka and it will be much more yummy and dark! :) I follow MamaLovesPapa as team dean...if you want to find my blog :)