DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

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I secretly listen to Christmas music months before Christmas is even here. I know not everyone shares my enthusiasm for holiday music, but now is the perfect time to start preparing for the holiday season – especially if you plan to give homemade gifts! This year I decided to make homemade vanilla extract for my neighbors, my son’s teachers, and my coworkers. I started brewing my vanilla extract back in September so it would be ready in time for Christmas, but it isn’t too late for you to start on yours now for this season. You can always place a Do Not Use Until label on the bottles which will inform your recipients when the vanilla is ready.

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Homemade Vanilla Extract
Recipe Type: Condiments and Flavorings
Author: Stacy Dutton
Serves: Yields 12 4oz bottles
Ingredients
  • Madagascar vanilla beans (twelve vanilla bean pods)
  • Vodka (two Smirnoff 750ml bottles)
  • 4 oz clear glass bottles
  • Vintage chalkboard labels
Instructions
  1. Cut each of your vanilla beans in half lengthwise, being careful not to slice all the way through the bean pod. Once sliced, you will notice that the inside of the bean looks like a black gritty paste. Make sure anything that falls out of the beans goes into your glass bottles because that’s where real flavor will come from.
  2. Gently place your sliced vanilla beans into a clean glass bottle. If you are using a 4 oz bottle, you will have to fold the bean in half to make it fit inside the bottle.
  3. Using a funnel, carefully fill each bottle to the top with vodka. After you add the vodka, place the lid on the bottle and give it a shake. Store it in a cool dry place (like a cupboard) before using it. *Note: After about 3-4 months it will be ready use, or you can let it sit for up to 6 months for even more flavor.
  4. Place custom labels on each of your bottles. I made two different labels, one for the front and one for the back, that lists the ingredients along with a custom holiday message. I was even able to add a special design request for swirls added to my label which made for a truly one-of-a-kind gift (see Stacy’s design tips in the captions under the top two images for more details).

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Stacy is the Art Director at Evermine. She is a new mother and lover of stationery, pie, and dark chocolate.


12 Comments

  1. Single fold extract is one full ounce of vanilla beans to four ounces of 70 proof alcohol. It usually takes at least a year for the extract to be fully done. What this recipe is is actually vanilla flavored vodka.

  2. Hi
    Great recipes!
    Please share were to get good vanilla beans for a very nice senior who wants to make some vanilla extract and other things. Too many places and they charge so much for shipping. Appreciate any help! Thank you.

    • Check out Vanilla Bean Kings or the Vanilla Bean Co-op. Both have choice beans and good prices. They also have sales at different times.

      • Vanilla Bean Kings also has free shipping in the US. Once a month they usually have a special. Last one was 2 Oz Madagascar beans for $20. Best deal around.

  3. Check out Vanilla Bean Kings or the Vanilla Bean Co-op. Both have choice beans and good prices. They also have sales at different times.

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