How to Make Vanilla Extract - From Simply Recipes.com

by Elise  first posted on Oct 9, 2008

Why make your own vanilla extract? Well let's see. It's easy to make. You'll never run out of vanilla again. 


    * 3 vanilla beans
    * 1 cup vodka
    * glass jar with tight fitting lid



1 Use kitchen scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut lengthwise down each vanilla bean, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected.

2 Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid (mason jars work well). Cover completely with the vodka.

3 Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.

Lasts for years. You can keep topping it off with vodka once in a while as you use it, just remember to give it a good shake.

You can also make vanilla sugar by putting a split vanilla bean into a jar of white, granulated sugar. Great way to infuse the sugar with vanilla flavor for baking.

Each year my daughter and I make homemade goodies to give as gifts after we entertain or for the holidays.  One year was jars of a decedent fudge ingredients, another year sugared pecans, and another Limoncello.  This year we were going to attempt making homemade vanilla, but lost track of time and did not buy our bottles in time.  This is on our list to make soon since we already purchased our vanilla beans.   I hope you enjoy the recipe below that I found on Simply Recipes.com