Homemade Vanilla Extract

2 Jan

Whoever thought making homemade vanilla extract could be so easy? I made a batch for Christmas gifts this year, and I started it back in  August. All you have to do is put some cut vanilla beans into a glass jar with vodka, store in a dark place, and shake every few weeks. It takes several months for the extract to be ready, but it couldn’t be any simpler. All you really need to know is that you need 3 vanilla beans for every 1 cup of vodka. Split the beans in half before adding the alcohol. In case your eally want to read a longer version, here’s a link to full directions. http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_vanilla_extract/ I ordered my vanilla beans from Amazon, and then also ordered some cute little brown jars online to give the extract to family members and friends.

It’s kind of  hard to belive that in just a few months the clear vodka turned this dark!

All I added was a little Christmas card and some festive ribbon. Voila!

Up Next: No idea. Whatever I feel like making next weekend.

Random Thought of the Day: I really wish I could be more entertaining today….but I’m feeling pretty crummy. 😦 Not a fun way to finish off my Christmas vacation. Back to school on Wednesday. Why is it that people always get sick around the holidays? I’m off to a pretty  unproductive start to the new year…..not feeling like doing much except laying around on the couch. 😦


One Response to “Homemade Vanilla Extract”

  1. Jessica Llanes January 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Hope you feel better soon! Can’t wait to use my vanilla : )

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