I have a few “foodies” in my family and this year I’ve been brainstorming different DIY homemade gifts for them. This homemade vanilla extract is the first of a few I’ll be sharing and it’s SO simple-it does take 6 weeks to be ready to gift so that’s why I’m posting it now-you still have plenty of time before Christmas!
Bottles with lid-I bought my cork topped bottle at Hobby Lobby on sale
Vanilla beans-look in the spice/baking section at the grocery store or for better price buy in bulk online
Unflavored vodka-I used Grey Goose but you can use inexpensive vodka as well
As you look for beans you’ll notice there are different varieties classified by their origin. Madagascar vanilla beans are the most commonly used for making vanilla extract-they have a creamy, buttery taste and tend to be a little less expensive and easier to find in stores. For a slightly more “fancy” extract choose dark, rich Mexican vanilla beans or rich chocolatey Tahitian varieties.
Start by cleaning your bottle(s) out thoroughly and allowing to dry.
Using sharp scissors, cut each of your vanilla beans up the center leaving attached at the end.
Place 3 beans per 8 oz bottle.
Fill bottle completely with vodka making sure beans are completely covered.
Replace lid on bottle and store in a cool dark place for at least 6 weeks. The longer it’s stored the darker the liquid will become.
After six weeks your extract is ready (but feel free to leave it longer)! Tie a pretty bow and a label if you’d like and you’re ready to give a memorable gourmet gift!
For some other DIY gift ideas check out these posts: