How to make homemade Vanilla Extract
Glass Containers for Homemade Vanilla Extract
Once I knew I was going to make homemade vanilla extract I started collecting small bottles when I went out to the thrift stores. And since I make jam I also had small canning jars on hand.
If you have been putting off making homemade vanilla extract because you don’t have cute little brown glass bottles don’t worry about it. Use what you have on hand. If I waited to do some of the things I want to do until I had exactly the “correct” supplies on hand I would never get to do anything.
Buying Vanilla Beans
I purchased my vanilla beans from VanillaProducts on ebay. Believe me I shopped around and this was the best price I found. I bought a 1/2 pound Gourmet A Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans. (not affiliated)
With that purchase I also received 1/4 pound Tahitian Grade A Vanilla Beans free. All together I got about 100 vanilla beans for $31 including shipping. A very good buy I think.
How to make Vanilla Extract
To make homemade vanilla extract you simply put a couple of vanilla beans in a glass jar and pour vodka over it. Let this cure for about 6 weeks or longer. The more vanilla beans you add to each jar or bottle the stronger your vanilla extract will be.
Making your own Vanilla Blends of Extracts
I made one vanilla cinnamon extract by placing a couple of split vanilla beans in the jar with a cinnamon stick I broke in half. I made one vanilla, orange and cinnamon extract by adding vanilla beans, orange zest and a cinnamon stick.And I made a one jar of vanilla and orange by placing a couple of vanilla beans and orange zest in a half pint jar. I’ll be interested to see how these blended extracts turn out.
Curing Homemade Vanilla Extract
Put your jars in a cool dark cabinet and let them do their magic. Every week take each jar out and give it a shake. My cabinet has a lovely vanilla scent now. Each time I open the door a yummy rush of vanilla flows over me.
Have fun making your own extracts. It’s very easy and fun to experiment!