How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

  1. So, this next pic may look like I’m about to have a raging party, but this is how homemade vanilla extract begins … with lots of vodka! I usually buy a mid-grade brand like Smirnoff. Not too cheap and not too pricey.
    Homemade Vanilla Extract on 100 Days of Real Food - vodka
    Buy some vodka
  2. Next, you simply slit two fresh vanilla beans all the way down the center (longways) and drop them in a 375ml bottle. Either a sharp knife or culinary shears will do the trick. You can also put four beans in a 750ml bottle. To save money order the beans online instead of buying them from the supermarket. Amazon is cheaper for large quantities, but note quality can vary by source. We’ve had consistently good results from J. Crow’s Marketplace.
    Slit vanilla beans for homemade vanilla extract
    You can slit just one side of the bean or cut all the way through
  3. Let sit and after a week or two the liquid will start to “infuse” and turn a pretty golden brown color like this picture below.Homemade Vanilla Extract on 100 Days of Real Food -Infused vodka
  4. You can then transfer the extract to decorative glass bottles (from the craft store or online), add a label, tie on a pretty bow, and voila … you’ll have yourself cute and useful gifts to hand out this year.

 

Homemade Vanilla Extract on 100 Days of Real Food - bottles with tags