homemade vanilla extract recipe

Homemade Vanilla Extract at West Street Story

Today, over at Tidy Mom, it was brought to attention that NOW is the time to make homemade vanilla extract in order to have it be ready in time to give as Christmas gifts or to use in your holiday baking.  Basically, you need two months to make vanilla extract.

Did you know how easy it was to make your own vanilla extract?  I certainly didn’t!  Therefore, I decided to pick up a couple items on Amazon and am going to give it a whirl for this upcoming holiday season.

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You will want to make sure to head on over to Tidy Mom’s post where she gives a good overview on making homemade vanilla extract.  There is even a really cute, free printable label courtesy of Live Laugh Rowe.  Score!

The recipe for homemade vanilla extract could not be more simple:

  • Vodka entirely covering the vanilla beans in your bottle (whatever kind of vodka you like….even the cheap stuff will work!)
  • Vanilla Beans (about 3-4 beans per 4 oz bottle)
  • 2 months of time (give the bottles a shake about once a week)

For me, I decided to check out Amazon for my supplies.  I am a Prime Member, so it really does make sense for me to use this outlet!

I went with clear, 4 oz. glass bottles.  The instructions over at Tidy Mom uses 8 oz. glasses, but when I went and looked at the size of my current extract bottles {and found the largest being only 3.5 ounces} I decided the 4 oz. option would probably work best for me.  I believe I will be okay with getting the vanilla beans into the bottles as well!  And yes, I realize that amber colored glass bottles would have been more “technically” correct for the extract.  But I like the look of the clear better and I would assume most of those I am giving these away to will keep it in a cupboard where it is dark most of the time.

{side note :: the listing I purchased was for a case of 24….I do not plan on making 24 bottles of extract, I plan on making some other fun gifts that would require cute little bottles.  Just thinking ahead my darlings…and for the price of a case of 24, I was sold!}

As far as vanilla beans go.  You are going to pay an arm and a leg if you go and buy the little packages of vanilla beans at your local supermarket {if they even have them}.  With everything I have read, and in all price comparisons I have now done, buying online is the way to go if you are going to be using a lot of vanilla beans.  Plus, you get a wide variety to choose from!

I decided to go with Madagascar Vanilla Beans.  From what I have read, the Madagascar vanilla beans offer you a smooth, rich, buttery vanilla {resulting in an extract that is great for baking!}.  But there is also Tahitian vanilla beans {flavor notes include chocolates, licorice, and caramel} and Mexican vanilla beans {rich and smooth with a subtle hint of smoky flavor}.

According to the description for this particular company’s offering, there are about 40-50 beans per 1/2 lb. package.  I will need roughly 3-4 beans per 4 oz. bottle, so that will take care of a lot of gifts!

How to make Vanilla Extract TidyMom.net

Make sure to head on over to Tidy Mom’s for more info and do not forget to check out Live Laugh Rowe for these adorable free printable labels!

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      1. Joan Laws says:

        I am so going to do this. Thanks. I will be sharing this as well.

      2. Jen says:

        Believe me when I say it is SUPER easy to make the vanilla extract! And you will love it, I promise!

      3. I love vanilla extract! I made some like this that I’ve been using for two years now! But its about time to make some more! I love love love these labels and I’m definitely going to use them the next time I make some! 🙂

      4. That is Awesome! I definitely need to do this. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Lisa

      5. Crystal says:

        Did you use the labels you linked to on the 4 oz bottles? I want to make sure they will fit. 🙂

      6. I have always wanted to try this but never have:( I just pinned it and it’s on my list to try!

        Hugs

        PS Sharing on Facebook also!

      7. Jen says:

        One follow-up for everyone…..I did end up cutting the vanilla beans in half prior to putting them in the 4oz bottles and the bottle was the perfect size for this. I plan on leaving the vanilla beans in the bottles for gift giving purposes and will just tell my recipients they need to take the vanilla beans out once the liquid no longer covers them fully.

      8. Alex says:

        This looks so easy! I must try this. I’ve always wondered how it was done but never thought to actually try it.

      9. Deborah says:

        Okay, Okay! I have made homemade vanilla before but mine never looked this good!!!!!!!!!! Very cute labels. LOVE IT. Who wouldn’t was to receive this? GREAT JOB!

      10. max says:

        You make it sound so easy! I’ll be giving this a try!

      11. What a great gift idea! I’m totally making vanilla extract for all of my girls. Thanks!

      12. Karen says:

        I love making vanilla extract. Your bottles and labels are gorgeous. I’ll want to dress my next batch up a little more now. Thanks for sharing the link for the printable labels, and thank you for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday!

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