Homemade Vanilla Extract
This past week, my grocery list looked a little like this.
Yes, that does say a half gallon of vodka.
What did I need a half gallon of vodka for? I threw a huge shin-dig!!
Remember a couple weeks back when I mentioned the deal on vanilla beans? Well, they arrived just a couple of days later – and I was honestly really excited! Making my own vanilla extract is something that I have been wanting to do for a while now. Not only is it more flavorful than what you buy in the store, it is also more economical.
- 1/2 gallon of vodka (1.75 Liters)
- 40 Vanilla Beans
- a half gallon container (I used an empty orange juice bottle that I cleaned)
I made a little label out of plain, white paper & taped it onto mine to try & make it a little prettier.
Using the tip of a knife, split the vanilla beans in half, exposing the middles – but leaving the ends attached so that they aren’t completely separated.
Place the vanilla beans into your empty container, & cover with the vodka.
After the 6 months, you can strain the mixture, & use the vanilla beans to make another batch too!