Vanilla Extract is a staple in my kitchen. It goes into almost everything I bake from Red Velvet Pancakes to My Favorite Buttercream Recipe and almost all of my cupcake recipes. With the high cost of Vanilla Extract, I wanted to show you how to make DIY Vanilla extract and give it as gifts as well as make it for your own baking.
How to Make DIY Vanilla Extract
The best thing about making DIY Vanilla Extract is that you can make several bottles at once and give them as gifts, just make sure you start 8 weeks earlier than you want to give them. You also only need 3 items to get this going. You can decorate the bottles later while you wait for the allotted time while the flavors meld together.
You can order the bottles and the Grade B Vanilla beans online below and get the vodka at the grocery store. You don’t need expensive Vodka so don’t splurge. Also, make sure you buy Grade B Beans, not Grade A. I was in a hurry when I made mine so I ordered the Beans and not the bottles and then I had to go searching for them. So I made several different bottles and really they are pretty big. I like these small bottles better.
How to make DIY Vanilla Extract
- The first thing you should do is wash your bottles with hot soap and water.
- You will also need a sharp knife to split open the Vanilla Beans lengthwise.
- Cut the beans in half or smaller so they are about 1 – 2 inches in length.
- Pour the Vodka or your choice of Rum or Bourbon into the bottles. Vodka is more neutral in taste.
- Slice the bean and scrape the inside of the beans out and scoop into the bottles with your knife.
- Use 2-3 whole beans per 8 oz. So if you use 4 oz bottles cut 1-2 beans in half and use all pieces.
- Grade B Vanilla Beans I used Madagascar
- Vodka, Rum or Bourbon Vodka has the least amount of alcohol flavor so it's more neutral. That is what I use.
Clean out bottles and let dry
Use approx 1/2 Vanilla Bean per bottle for 4 oz bottles
Chop beans in 1/2" pieces
Fill the bottle with Vodka and add chopped vanilla beans to liquid in the bottle.
Place in cool, dark place for a minimum of 2 months, shaking every one to two weeks.
Once you are done, place your bottle in a cool dark place and shake every day for approximately 2 months. To get the labels like you see on my bottles created by My Paper Printables, here is the download of Vanilla labels.
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Here are the items I used to make DIY Vanilla Extract
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