Homemade Vanilla Extract
Happy October! Is it feeling like Fall where you live? We're experiencing the minute seasonal changes that I've learned to appreciate more after living in Okinawa. The breeze is a little cooler, there are small piles of leaves blowing on the ground, and the temperatures are slooooowly starting to drop!
If you're planning on baking for the holidays this year then you NEED this homemade vanilla extract in your pantry! It's the perfect time to start vanilla extract so it's ready for all of your holiday baking. You only need two simple ingredients - vanilla beans and vodka! I buy Madagascar vanilla beans from Amazon and the vodka can be any inexpensive brand. I prefer vodka over other liquors because it has the lightest flavor and really lets the vanilla flavor shine through. You'll need 2 vanilla beans for every 4 ounces of vodka. It's easy to make as little or as much as you want.
Here are the simple instructions for you:
+Fill a jar with vodka (use 2 vanilla beans for every 4 ounces of vodka)
+Slice the vanilla beans in half lengthwise and place in the jar
+Write the date on the jar and shake everyday or every other day to help the vanilla beans infuse. In 4-6 weeks your homemade vanilla extract will be ready to use!
See, it's a recipe that's so simple you don't even need a recipe card! I'll add the Amazon links below for the products I use so you can easily grab everything to make your own vanilla extract this season.
This homemade vanilla extract would also make excellent gifts for your family and friends at the holidays! Give it to your favorite foodie friends or give it as a hostess gift. Just add some ribbon and a pretty label and you're set!
*Post Edited to Add - There's no need to strain out the little vanilla flecks when you're using the extract. Those little flecks will add a beautiful color and a delicious flavor to your creations! Thanks for the question, Christine!
++And if you really want to treat yourself, here are my favorite Global knives! They have been worth every penny.
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