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Recipe for Homemade Vanilla Extract

 

Last year I wondered how to make vanilla.  I use a lot of vanilla in my baking so I thought why not look for a recipe for vanilla not to mention, it makes a really cool homemade gift as well!  Download and print a pretty label and you have an easy and affordable gift for friends, family or co-workers! 

How to make Vanilla Extract TidyMom.net

With as much baking as I do, I go through a lot of vanilla extract.  Since I prefer the Mexican Vanilla, it can get rather costly at $20+ for an 8 ounce bottle! That’s what happens when you get hooked on the good stuff!  

Thanks to Beanilla.com I found out, making your own vanilla couldn’t be easier and it is far more economical than buying the store bought variety.  By making my own vanilla extract, I could also try more varieties than just Mexican.  Beanilla sells bottles and  7 different variety of vanilla beans, each of which has a unique flavor!  Using premium grade vanilla beans will provide significantly better flavor and aroma than commercially produced extracts.

According to Beanilla.com:

Do you prefer bold and smokey? If so, try Mexican vanilla beans. Rich and creamy? Use Madagascar Vanilla Beans! Floral aroma and unique cherry-chocolate? Venture to the Tahitian vanilla beans. Each type is excellent for homemade vanilla extract.  You can even blend various varieties together.  The floral, fruity, cherry like notes of the Tahitian variety blend wonderfully with the nutty-chocolate character of the Bourbon varieties.

Christmas is just two months away! How did that happen?  So now is the perfect time to start making Homemade Vanilla if you want hand some out during the holidays and have some for your own holiday baking!

Vanilla Extract Recipe

What you need to make Vanilla Extract

How to make Vanilla Extract for a homemade gift

First be sure to wash you bottles in hot soapy water.  Rinse well, then allow your bottles to air dry.

Wash & Dry Bottles for Homemade Vanilla

Using a sharp knife, slice each vanilla bean in half.  then starting about 1/4″ from one end, cut the vanilla bean lengthwise (see picture below)

Place 6-8 vanilla bean pieces (that would be 3-4 whole beans) in each 8 ounce bottle. Using a measuring cup or funnel, pour vodka into each bottle completely covering the  beans in the liquid.

Making Homemade Vanilla at TidyMom.net

Next, place the caps/lids on tightly and store bottles in a cool, dark environment (I put mine in a closet) Give them a good shake about once a week. The vanilla will be ready to use as soon as 6 weeks, and the longer you allow it to age, the darker it will become and the more intense the vanilla flavor will be.

Homemade Vanilla recipe at TidyMom.net

After 8 weeks the majority of the extraction process is complete and the vanilla is ready to use.  The vanilla beans can be removed or you can leave the vanilla beans in the jar for the flavor to continue evolve – just be sure to add vodka so the beans are always submerged in alcohol.

Homemade Vanilla TidyMom.net

Worth mentioning:  Vanilla Beans can be VERY pricey at the grocery store, so if you plan to make more than a bottle of extract I highly suggest purchasing your beans at Beanilla, right now they have 25 Madagascar Vanilla Beans for $25 + FREE shipping! that’s a fantastic price!

Homemade Vanilla Extract FREE Labels to print

If you’d like to  dress up your vanilla extract before gifting, you can head over to LiveLaughRowe.com and download and print the free Vanilla Extract labels Kelly made for me and YOU!

Free Printable Vanilla Extract Label from LiveLaughRowe.com

You’ll be seeing more of Kelly around here, she is will be a new contributor here at TidyMom sharing more fabulous printables!

GIVEAWAY has ENDED

What? you need supplies?  I’ve got you covered there too!

The great people at Beanilla.com would like to give four lucky TidyMom & LiveLaughRow readers 5 Madagascar vanilla beans,5 Uganda vanilla beans, and two 8 oz decorative glass bottles and a 2 oz bottle of flavoring (for other baking needs).

 Beanilla Vanilla Extract Giveaway at TidyMom.net

 

To enter simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below (if you are reading this post via email or reader, as always you must click over to the blog to enter)

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Disclaimer:  Beanilla found out I was making my own Vanilla Extract and offered to send me the supplies and some to giveaway.  As always, all opinions, views and love of good quality vanilla are my own.

   
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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

660 Responses to “Recipe for Homemade Vanilla Extract”

  1. katherine D posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm (#
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    i love vanilla in anything and a nice steady stream does it! love it in cakes

  2. Jana Carter posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm (#
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    Mmmm. I love vanilla anything! To be able to make my own vanilla extract would be dreamy!

  3. Sori posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm (#
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    I’ve always wanted to try making my own.

  4. LuAnna posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm (#
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    I <3 homemade vanilla.

  5. melanie posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm (#
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    My favorite recipe using vanilla extract is definitely angel food cake with marshmallow frosting. So light and tasty. Always a favorite in my house!

  6. penny posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm (#
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    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Planning on giving it away at christmas time.

  7. Kymber posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm (#
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    toss up between choco chip cookies…and REAL whipped cream…love the hint of vanilla in my whipped cream!

  8. Ana Q posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm (#
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    I love mixing vanilla in with my pancakes and sometime I mix it in with my tea.

  9. Kay posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm (#
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    I have always wanted to try this!!

  10. cyn posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm (#
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    I love to can food and I absolutely love to make pears or peaches in a light syrup with a vanilla bean. Omgosh talk about yummy goodness!

  11. Grishma @Zaikazabardast posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm (#
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    Love Beanilla!!

  12. Patty posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm (#
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    Looks like a great gift idea and now I know what to do with the vodka in my cabinet that I will NEVER drink!

  13. Mary posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm (#
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    Homemade vanilla???? That is fabulous! Everything is better with vanilla

  14. Michelle posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#
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    My son was on a missions trip this summer to Grenada and had him pick me some up. Almost gone =(
    Love mexican vanilla also. Would love to make my own also. Thanks for the give-a-way!

  15. Elisa B. posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm (#
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    What fun!

  16. Amanda posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm (#
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    I love to make baked goods with vanilla extract- especially chocolate chip cookies.

  17. mandy posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm (#
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    this would be a great Christmas gift!

  18. Kate T posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm (#
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    I have been wanting to make my own vanilla, but it seems a bit expensive. I could only imagine how delicious this tastes!

  19. Susan posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm (#
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    I Absolutely LOVE Adding Vanilla Extract To ALL My Juice Plus+ Complete Green Smoothies! YUMBA!

  20. Lisa Mac posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm (#
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    I really want to try making this. How does the flavor compare to good vanilla?

  21. Terry posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm (#
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    I found you through the Pioneer Woman and Tasty Kitchen. I made my first batch of homemade vanilla last Christmas I used the madgascar everyone loved it, but I gave it all away so I would love to win this!
    Thanks for sharing your time with me.:)

  22. Jennifer Madigan posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm (#
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    I have never made vanilla but have always wanted to. I actually thought about making it for my Grandma this year for Christmas.

  23. Deanna posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm (#
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    Would love to make for a Christmas gift.

  24. Kristen posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm (#
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    Oh, what a great give a way and just in time for Christmas! I would LOVE to start making vanilla extract now!

  25. katharine posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm (#
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    WHat a great giveaway! I would use this when making my great-grandmother’s stollen recipe!

  26. Jessica W posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm (#
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    I love this giveaway. I am actually making vanilla extract right now, but I didn’t get such high quality beans and we are just keeping it in a mason jar.

  27. Peggy posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm (#
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    thank you!

  28. Stacey posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm (#
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    Excited to try this. I love vanilla and this homemade version looks spectacular

  29. Jennifer McClure posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm (#
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    Excellent vanilla extract is the key ingredient for my homemade hot cocoa!

  30. Karolien posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm (#
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    I am happy to found this, it’s hard to find these days where i am from so thanks for the tip ^-^
    I love it ^^

  31. Angelique Howard posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm (#
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    My favorite recipe with vanilla is fresh whipped cream yummo! Love the taste of freshly made whipped cream over store bought and love adding extra vanilla in.

  32. Marlene Daniels posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm (#
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    My favorite thing to make with vanilla is chocolate chip cookies.

  33. Jennifer M. posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#
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    My favorite recipe to make with vanilla is fudge. I like seeing how creamy the fudge gets with the addition of vanilla.

  34. SandyN posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm (#
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    I love to make buttercream frosting with vanilla extract!

  35. Allison @ Alli 'n Son posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm (#
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    I love vanilla and have been meaning to make my own extract for months now. Some new pretty bottle would be just the motivation I need!

  36. Yvonne Higgins posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm (#
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    I would love to win this and share with my daughter in law. What a fun gift too. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  37. Aggie posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm (#
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    Everything is better with vanilla and I usually add a little extra to every recipe! Thank you for the giveaway!

  38. Sherry Baird posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm (#
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    I Would really like to try and make my own vanilla sometime, I know it has to be an awesome taste.

  39. Kristen posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm (#
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    I would love to make my own vanilla!

  40. Aleisha posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm (#
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    Ih! I’ve always wanted to try to make my own vanilla!!!

  41. janice posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm (#
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    vanilla is my favorite scent…and spice ;O)

  42. Lisa D posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm (#
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    I love vanilla extract in cookies!

  43. meredith posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm (#
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    Ive never made it before but ive wanted to try to make some bourbon vanilla!

  44. analee thornburg posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm (#
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    i’ve never used real beans! thanks for this post!

  45. analee thornburg posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm (#
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    PS. tea cookies!

  46. Lynx posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm (#
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    I have always used store bought vanilla essence. I do buy vanilla beans in bulk and attempt to use them in place of store bought essence. I have never attempted to make my own. It would be neat to give it a DIY attempt.

  47. ginny Wurttemberg posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm (#
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    Want to try this! Great idea for gifts!

  48. Leann Peasley posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm (#
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    I have been wanted to make my own vanilla for over a year now and just haven’t made the time. This would be the perfect win! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  49. Alisha B posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm (#
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    My sugar cookies are not the same without vanilla. I love to put it in any baked good and even our French toast mix!

  50. Veronica posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm (#
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    This is fantastic! I’ll bet it tastes so much better than store-bought. And with the holidays coming up I’d better make some soon!

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