My oh my, it’s June already!!
A couple weeks ago, my friend, Teresa, told me that she was making homemade vanilla extract. I was intrigued! And I want to make some, too. It’s going to take about 2 months – so, this is not an instant gratification project.
Here’s the recipe I’m using:
Homemade Vanilla Extract
- 3 vanilla beans ( I ordered mine online from Olive Nation)
- 1 cup Buckeye vodka – or if you’re not lucky enough to have Buckeye, settle for another brand
- glass jar with tight fitting lid
Cut each bean lengthwise, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected.
Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid. Make sure the beans are completely covered by the vodka.
Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.
The resulting extract should lasts for years. Shake before using.
Update (18 months later!): This batch turned out great. I kept it in the pantry, which is out of direct sunlight, and after about 3-4 months it turned pretty dark. I have been using it ever since. I keep the bottle topped off with vodka after every couple of uses. I just added a new vanilla bean or two as well. That way it’s become a bottomless source of vanilla extract!