With the holidays coming, you might be breaking out the baking goods more frequently than usual, and with it, endless bottles of vanilla extract. If you're always buying tiny amounts of this essential ingredient in sugary sweets, why not try making a batch of your own big enough to handle all of your baking needs? It's surprisingly easy to do, and makes a great homemade gift as well!

Materials Needed

  • an air-tight container
  • vanilla beans
  • vodka, or your alcohol of choice, be it bourbon, rum, or brandy.

Directions

  1. Split your vanilla beans in half with a knife. (There's no need to scrape them).
  2. Put your vanilla beans in your glass bottle or jar and cover with vodka. Add about 1/3rd cup of vodka for each whole bean.
  3. Seal the jar and store it in a cool place for at least 6-8 weeks, making sure to shake the bottle at least once a week!

Tips and Tricks

  • 2 months of steeping will allow for the best flavor, but your vanilla extract can be used as early as 3-4 weeks.
  • Instead of making a brand new batch, just keep adding vanilla beans and liquor to your bottle as you use it! The taste will just get better.
  • Keep your fresh vanilla beans in a cool, dark place in a vacuum-sealed bag (if possible). This will prevent them from hardening too much over time!

Photo Credits: Disney Family, Remedies to do at Home

Top 10 Christmas Cookies of the Season.
Hearty, Chunky Soups for a Cold Day.
Healthy, Easy New Ways to Enjoy Salmon.
10 Tasty Ways to Make Canned Tuna Gourmet.
10 Creative New Ways to Cook Salmon.
12 Terrific New Takes on Jalapeño Poppers.
Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Pastas.
Snack Healthy with Homemade Hummus.
Every Dish is Made Better with Beer.
10 Exceptional Coffee Drinks to Make at Home.
10 Handy Meals Made in a Muffin Tin.
Vegan Appetizers Anyone Will Love.
Simple, Hearty Mexican Dishes for a Crowd.
10 Succulent Salmon Dishes for Healthier Eating.
Appetizer Ideas for the Big Game.
Italian Dishes Minus the Indulgence.
Cozy Chili Recipes and Creative Ways to Enjoy Them.
Fantastic, Flavorful 5-Ingredient Chicken Dinners.
10 Savory Curries You Can Make in a Hurry.
5 Creative Cinco de Mayo Recipes to get the Fiesta Started!.
Fun Football Shaped Bites for the Super Bowl.
The Ultimate Super Bowl Appetizer: 5-Layer Football Field Dip.
TOUCHDOWN! The Extreme Super Bowl Recipe Round-Up.
Complete Your Meal With a Perfect Wine Pairing.
Food Pairings with Sean McKenzie and Dave Matthews.
Top 10 Tips for Winning Dinners!.
From Apples to Kale to Salmon, How to Keep What You Love Fresh.
Cooking with Silk®.
Grow Your Own Ingredients: Fresh Garden Favorites.
Bring Game Day Parties to Life with Lit'l Smokies.
5 Lit’l Smokies Recipes to Bring Holiday Parties to Life.
Foods that Will Put You to Sleep.
5 Tips For Enjoying The Holiday Season, Guilt Free and Naturally.
Black Bean & Corn Guacamole.
Slow Roasted Pork Arepas with Quick Pickled Onions and Chimichurri.
Citrus Salmon and Watermelon Popsicles.