Homemade Vanilla

Because I loved and completely used up the homemade vanilla from Bethany, I decided to follow her instructions for how to make my own.  What an awesome little gift for people!

I ordered 25 Tahitian vanilla beans from a supplier on ebay.  The 4 oz. bottles came from here.  The vodka was a 1.75L bottle from ABC.  I’m pretty sure the brand doesn’t make much of a difference.  In fact, you can make vanilla extract with other liquors like rum but vodka is the preferred alcohol because of its neutral flavor.

I used two beans per jar.  I cut them lengthwise then crosswise and stuffed the eight pieces into the Boston round bottles.

Cutie Pie lent a hand pouring 1/2 cup of vodka into each bottle.

We capped the bottles right away and put them in a dark place to steep.  Ideally, they should steep for at least 2 months so I put that on the labels that I placed on the jars- “Best when used after 2/3/2012”.

You can use amber bottles to protect your vanilla extract from degradation from UV light.  I figured this stuff is going to be stored in a cabinet so UV exposure is not really a big deal.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hairyshoefairy
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 12:22:05

    I’ve been meaning to do this for over a year now and just haven’t managed to get myself together enough to do it. Another friend of mine used bourbon for hers and said it was really good, too. Maybe I can make it happen in 2012.

    BTW, we got your cute Christmas card the other day! I love it!

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  2. bethany actually
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 16:52:59

    Heyyyyy, this looks familiar! 🙂 Fun!

    Reply

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