Week #42 featured

I am always looking for natural choices when it comes to the food that we eat…and here’s a perfect example.  What I love about it?  It lasts a long, long time…(now that’s my kind of solution). Watch the video on how to make your own vanilla extract (that lasts for ages!). (2:30)

So to recap:

Who doesn’t love vanilla extract? It’s a baking darling – you can add it to so many different recipes, and it seems to add the extra ‘je ne sais quoi’.

The thing is, I have two issues with vanilla extract.  1) I always seem to run out at the wrong time and 2) the real stuff (not the synthetic artificial stuff) can get a little pricey.

So when I found out it’s super easy (and cheaper) to make it yourself and it can pretty much last forever – jackpot!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vanilla beans (I used 4)
  • Alcohol (I used vodka)
  • Knife
  • Glass  container (mine was 8oz)

Vanilla

So when it comes to vanilla beans, get the best quality that you can.  Sure, they are going to be more expensive, but if you consider that you won’t be buying vanilla extract again, it’s going to save you money.  I bought mine at my local grocery store, but you can buy some good quality organic vanilla beans online (for example, there’s always Amazon).  (Harvesting vanilla is very labour intensive so if you can buy Fair Trade, even better!)  There are different types of vanilla beans (like Madagascar, Tahitian and African)  so if you have a discerning taste (I don’t), you can switch it up to get different flavours.

Alcohol

As you know, there’s more than one type of alcohol – I use vodka because it has the most neutral flavour (and we just happen to have some in the house (who doesn’t?)).   You could also use bourbon, brandy or rum (O.K., we have those too – is that bad?)

The instructions are easy peasy:

DIY Vanilla Extract (that lasts for ages)
Print Recipe
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 4 weeks
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 4 weeks
DIY Vanilla Extract (that lasts for ages)
Print Recipe
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 4 weeks
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 4 weeks
Ingredients
  • 4 vanilla beans
  • 1 cup vodka
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Slice vanilla lengthwise down the bean
  2. Add beans to glass container
  3. Fill container with vodka (ensure the beans are completely submerged
  4. Close up container and set aside
  5. Shake the bottle periodically over time and leave to steep for 4 weeks.
  6. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Have your vanilla extract last for ages!  Anytime you use up some of the vanilla extract, top back up with more alcohol.  It's a gift that keeps on giving!

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Here’s an added bonus…not only is this a great option for you, but it could also be a great gift.  Just remember, you need to plan ahead if you want it steeped and ready to go for gift time.

Here is a label that you can attach to your bottle.

vanilla extract label

 

Enjoy!!

Thanks so much for watching!

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