For years I wondered how to make my own vanilla extract. I always knew it was better than anything I could buy in the store, but I worried that the process would be too difficult. I was wrong.
This recipe is easy to make and there is now no substitute. I won’t use any other vanilla extract in any of my recipes. makes everything I bake taste much better.
Most of us buy imitation vanilla extract. You know it is not read because it is clear. It smells the same and you believe it tases the same. But there is nothing like pure extract.
There are a couple of key differences between imitation and pure extract. First of all, pure extract is brown – not clear. That is because it takes on the color of the vanilla bean during the extraction process. Secondly, imitation and clear vanilla often need to use artificial flavors. It also often includes chemicals you’d rather not ingest.
Making your own homemade vanilla is easy and very cost effective. In just a couple of minutes, you’ll be set. And, best of all, you’ll never have to make a run to the store ever again. Honestly, once you learn this process you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
VANILLA EXTRACT RECIPE
2-3 whole vanilla beans
Vodka (enough to fill your small bottle)
The key to making the perfect homemade vanilla is not in the process but in the steeping. Steeping is when foods soak in liquid to extract a smooth flavor. For the best flavor, you will want to steep your vanilla for 6 – 8 weeks before using. Keep that in mind.
Cut your vanilla beans in half long ways, and scrape out the seeds. Place the whole vanilla bean in your bottle. Add several beans to your bottle. A good rule of thumb is two vanilla beans to every 4 oz of vodka.
Fill the bottle with vodka and close tightly. Place your vanilla in a cool dark place to steep. Allow 6 – 8 weeks for the first batch to properly steep. Each time your bottle is half empty, just add more vodka and it will continue to steep. That’s it!
This recipe makes your vanilla so rich a delicious and will make a noticeable difference in the taste of your foods! This not only is a great way to save on baking products for your own home but also makes a great gift idea!