Vanilla Extract

by Kris on November 29, 2011

With Christmas right around the corner, I have begun my holiday baking. Between gifts, cards, decorations, flights, and food, this time of year can be tough on your pocket strings. I’m always shocked to see how expensive pure vanilla extract is. Essentially it is just alcohol and vanilla beans. After finding vanilla beans on sale at my local grocery store, I decided to make my own extract.

It is so simple, as it literally takes just five minutes to throw together. It’s the waiting part that’s hard. Ideally you want the extract to sit in a cool dark place for one month or more. This would make a great gift for someone who loves to bake!

  • 1½ cups vodka
  • 4 Vanilla beans

Slice vanilla beans length wise. Place in a sealable jar.

Pour vodka into the jar, seal and shake.

Place jar in a cool dark place and shake once every few days for about a month. The longer you let it sit, the better the vanilla extract will be.

Happy Baking!

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