Homemade Vanilla Extract

I love homemade gifts.
I think there is something so sweet about making something for someone.
It makes you feel very special.
I was thinking of some homemade gifts I could make for Christmas.
I was thinking of gifts that were nice, but wouldn’t break the bank.
When I made my Lemoncello and gave it away for Christmas, it was not cheap.
The most expensive cost was the pretty decorative jars that I put them in.
I decided I wanted to make vanilla extract.
I got my vanilla from here
I ordered one pound and when it came in the mail a week later, I had over 100 vanilla pods in my hand.
The smell of vanilla is intoxicating!
After I got my vanilla beans in the mail, I planned to go to the liquor store, then my local craft store to get some fancy jars.
While I was at the Liquor store, I spied a 200 ml bottle of vodka.
Eureka I thought!
What if I used the bottle the vodka came in?
So that is exactly what I did.
This is how I did it.

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Homemade Vanilla Extract


3-5 vanilla beans
8 ounces vodka
1 clean jar or bottle
Homemade label for the bottle


Split each bean down the middle leave about a inch intact. Put the vanilla bean in the jar and shake every day or so. Keep in a dark cool place.

Your vanilla extract should be ready in about 2 months.

Add a homemade label and give as a gift.

Peace be with you,
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10 Responses to “Homemade Vanilla Extract”

  1. #
    Patti — June 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Very clever Veronica! I love the site where you got the labels.


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    Ellen B Cookery — June 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    This is a fantastic idea!


  3. #
    Peggy G. — June 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    We did this for our wedding favors for our wedding! It was a big hit =)


  4. #
    Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny — June 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    What a great idea, I love this! 🙂


  5. #
    Debra Eliot — June 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Great idea to use the vodka bottles. I love homemade gifts. I have been saving decorative bottles (old vinegar bottles, olive oil bottles, etc.) plus hitting the sales at Hobby Lobby. I have a boatload of bottles to fill up for holiday gifts.


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    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — June 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Great idea, Veronica. I love the packaging too. What a gorgeous gift to give!


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    Flour On My Face — June 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I love homemade vanilla and have a couple of jars in the cabinet!


  8. #
    Brenda@sugarfreemom — June 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    wow! never realized how easy it would be to make my own, thanks!


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    vgantley — January 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Thanks Shelly!


  10. #
    Brain — March 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Greetings! I’ve been reading your site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give
    you a shout out from Houston Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!


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