Vanilla Extract

1.10.2013

This year for Christmas gifts Landon & I wanted to make something for our close family & friends, we weren't sure what we wanted to give, but we knew we wanted to give something small. During the late November nights we would sit side by side in bed on our laptops searching through Pinterest, google and everywhere else possible until it hit me to make vanilla extract!!

Landon served a mission in Madagascar, home to some of the best vanilla in the world, and brought home 2 kilos of vanilla beans! Even though I've tried to use up the vanilla in recipe after recipe, we still have tons left. They are slowly drying out, but still none the less, useable and delicious.  Vanilla extract was a great way for us to use up some of our vanilla beans and actually get some good use out of them!

All that vanilla extract calls for is vodka & vanilla beans.  We used 8 oz. of vodka to 7 vanilla beans.  Some recipes online called for less beans, but we figured some of our were a little dry and the more vanilla the better.  It has to steep for 6-8 weeks so we can't use it until February, but it will be just in time for Valentine's Day sweet treats!

9 comments:

Julia said...

i have always wanted to know how to make this. thanks for the diy.

Jane said...

i have never made vanilla. and good vanilla makes a huge difference! I love this idea for a gift. very cool.

Jill said...

I've always wanted to do this. Maybe some day! I'm sure they were much appreciated gifts. I especially love the way the beans look in the bottles.

Emily said...

I keep mine on the counter and every time I look at it, I can't wait to try it!! Thanks so much!

kylie said...

that's a cool idea.

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Bon Bon said...

soso perfect! I love little homemade gifts, especially yummy ones! xoxo

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