When I first found out that I could make my own vanilla extract, I was pumped! I love vanilla, but so often I just void it out of recipes because it's so darn expensive. When I first heard about making your own vanilla from Stacy on Off Grid with Doug and Stacy, I knew I wanted to try. I am a compulsive DIYer, after all!
After reading lots of different recipes online, I found myself ready to give it a go. And I am glad that I did! It has worked out really wonderfully so far.
To make the extract, you'll need to gather your materials:
To make the extract, begin by finely chopping up the beans. Next, pour in the vodka and place the lid on tightly. Give it a good shake, set it on the counter, and walk away. That's it! I told you it was easy!
For best results, you'll want to let your extract sit for at least 2 months. The longer the better! As you use it, just continue to add more vodka. Eventually it will start to lose its flavor, and when that happens, you can simply add a few more beans. However, you shouldn't need to add beans for a good while!
If the idea of small bean particles floating around in your vanilla turns you off, you can strain it with a cheesecloth once it's sat for a long enough period of time. However, it's important to note that if the beans aren't in the extract, no extraction is happening, so you can't just add vodka to get more. No beans, no extract. Just vanilla-y vodka. :)
You can also use this same technique with almonds to make almond extract. That is on my must-try list coming up soon. Stay tuned!
Do you make your own extracts? What kinds do you make?
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