Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract from Scratch

As you might know buying real vanilla extract can get expensive, but the flavor is amazing. Making your own vanilla extract is a great way to save money and add that wonderful taste to all sorts of dishes.

When it comes to making homemade vanilla extract, there are two camps: alcohol and non-alcohol vanilla extract.

– Unflavored vodka – Vanilla beans

– 16 oz food-grade vegetable glycerine – 8 vanilla beans

Alcohol Vanilla Extract Recipe

Non-Alcoholic Vanilla Extract Recipe

Cut the each vanilla bean in half lengthwise splitting them in down the middle, but leave an inch at the end that is still connected. Then cut the beans in half the other way so they are shorter to fit in the jar.

For every 8 ounces, add in pieces of vanilla beans that total 3 or 4 whole beans. Pour the vodka over the beans so they’re completely covered in liquid.

Once a week, give the bottles a good shake. The length of time you give them will depend on how intense you want the flavor to be. Six to 8 weeks is plenty, or you can let it go longer.

Cut and split the vanilla beans and place them in a jar with the glycerine. Put on the lid and store in a cool, dark place, shaking once a week. Takes about 6 to 8 weeks.

If you think ahead you could have some really lovely homemade Christmas gifts for giving.

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