Monday, January 11, 2010

Homemade Vanilla

**Jason asked that I clarify my last post: we are not opposed to drinking milk, we just usually don't on a regular basis.

I recently saw a recipe in this magazine for homemade vanilla extract. If you've ever baked with me, you know that I double the vanilla in every recipe! I love vanilla!

Buy a bottle of organic vodka- the recipe said Rain & TRU are good organic brands.
They guy at the liquor store had no idea what I was looking for until I told him which brands would work.

You'll need 5-6 vanilla beans.
One vanilla bean at Whole Foods was $6!
We got 25 for $14 on

Next, slice them open and scrape out the seeds- put the seeds in the jar you will be making your extract in. I had no idea what vanilla seeds looked like!

Then, cut the pods into 1" pieces and add them to the jar. (I used a Mason jar)

Add the vodka.
Cover the jar with plastic wrap and then add the Mason lid & ring.
(The plastic keeps them from rusting to the jar.)
Store in a cool dark place and shake once a week for 8 weeks.

At the end of 8 weeks the vanilla extract should be ready to use! From that point it will last indefinitely- just keep topping the jar off with more vodka and add a fresh vanilla seed every couple months to keep the flavor strong.


Danielle said...

I'm always impressed with the things you come up with! The pictures you took are SOOO good!

Anonymous said...

Will you post about how you like it in a few months? Thanks! Jen