Last year I made my own vanilla for the first time ever. I made a couple for myself and a ton (10 or 12!) for gifts. I absolutely LOVED it and will never buy vanilla again. The homemade vanilla is easy, delicious and cost effective. And it was a GREAT gift! It seems very fancy, but it’s quick to make a big batch and have some on hand to pass out to family, friends and the “random” gifts that come up like secret santas, kids’ teachers, community group leaders etc.
Change the proportions for however many bottles you’d like to make. A basic rule of thumb is 3 beans to 8 ounces of liquor. Cut your beans, add to your glass bottles. Pour in your liquor. Store in a cool, dark place (like a basement) for 6-8 weeks. Here’s what you need!
As seen on Annie’s Eats
What You’ll Need:
- Glass bottles that have an airtight closure and nice pour. (I got some small bottles from Sur La Table, larger bottles (above) from Sur La Table and a few others from Krogers.)
- Vanilla beans (I bought 1/2 lb online… about 50 of them )
- Liquor – vodka is the basic choice. I think whisky or bourbon is GREAT for baking
What To Do:
- Slice your vanilla bean in half length ways. Put vanilla beans in bottle. Add in at least 3 vanilla beans per 8 ounces. (I like to add in a few extra so you can just refill the liquor and only have to add in an bean or two more when it’s empty.)
- Cap your bottle and store in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks. I just put them on a shelf in my basement. Shake once a week or so. The color should darken throughout the weeks.
- Set an alarm on your phone or write on your calendar when they’re done so you’ll remember:)
- Use in baked goods! Or wrap with a bow and label to give as a gift! Don’t forget to tell people when they use it all up they can just refill with their liquor of choice.