This year I gave homemade vanilla extract for Christmas. I found these cute little bottles to put the vanilla in. Now to dress the bottles up with nice gift tags. This gift is simple and I think makes a great, useful gift for family and friends. This year I am filling 50 bottles and I’m making some extra to keep on hand for my baking.
Here’s my easy recipe for Homemade Vanilla Extract:
Buy one big bottle Vodka and five Vanilla Beans. Split the vanilla beans down the middle lengthwise on a cutting board. Add the vanilla beans to the vodka. Replace the lid. Set on the kitchen counter. Twice a day – morning and night, jostle the liquid back and forth a couple of times. In 6 weeks, pour into clean bottles (I bought mine at Craft Warehouse for $1.00 each), add a small amount of the vodka soaked vanilla bean to each jar and seal. Decorate with a tag for gift giving. Store on a pantry or cupboard shelf. Or the vanilla can be stored in the vodka bottle in the pantry. When you’ve used all the vanilla in the bottle, scrape the inside of the vanilla bean and put the small amount of paste into a batch of cookies or homemade vanilla ice cream. Yum!
I hope you had a great holiday season with family and friends.