The year is drawing to a close yet again, I know it’s only September but Christmas is right around the corner! That has me thinking of Christmas baking and gifts and gave me a gentle kick in the butt that it is time to start making vanilla extract again. This is probably the easiest “recipe” ever, the hardest part is just getting the supplies. I will tell you I ordered my vanilla beans online from Beanilla (no, they aren’t giving me stuff or paying me, that’s just who I use), the turn around time is quick and the beans are way cheaper then you will find at even the big box stores. Traditionally I use vodka (you will want a higher quality alcohol, but no need to break the bank) but this year I also made a small amount with bourbon. Not only is this great for all your holiday cooking, but it’s a super cute and easy addition to gift baskets! Now that we have gotten that out of the way, I can start thinking of all the yummy things I am going to add this to!
Homemade Vanilla Extract (Print Me)
Mason jar/glass jar
1 cup vodka (bourbon or rum work well also)
3 vanilla beans
Carefully cut vanilla beans open lengthwise, you will need 3 beans per 1 cup of alcohol. Place beans and alcohol in jar and seal tightly. Shake jar and place in dark cool place for at least 2 months before using, shaking well every once in a while and before using.