The holiday season is coming up. And around here there will be quite a bit of holiday baking going on. Thankfully there are a lot of recipes for holiday treats that use whole food ingredients. Many of which are allergen free. Just take a look on Pinterest!
One of the most common ingredients in any type of baking is Vanilla Extract. Sadly, if you go to the grocery store and pick up “vanilla extract” up off the shelf it will most likely contain less than desirable ingredients. Who would have thought there would be soy in vanilla extract?!
Instead of reducing myself to using store bought imitation vanilla extract, I like to make my own from organic vanilla beans (affiliate link). It is really very simple!
Homemade Vanilla Extract also makes a great gift! If you have an ounce of vanilla beans, you will have enough to be able to make a few gifts that will be ready just in time for Christmas. People will be impressed that you made your own vanilla extract. You don’t even have to tell them how easy it is.
In addition to the vanilla beans, you will need vodka and a jar (I used a half pint canning jar)(affiliate link).
All you need to do is cut two vanilla beans down the middle, and in half if you are using a short jar.
Then pour in your vodka up to the top and screw the lid on tight. Label and let sit for about six weeks to extract all the vanilla goodness. Once the vanilla is extracted into the vodka, use as needed. You can even top off the jar with some more vodka as you use it if you want to make it last a little longer.
So you see, it really is very easy to make your own Vanilla Extract!
- Cut the vanilla beans in half and slice down the middle.
- Place the beans in the jar and add vodka up to the top.
- Label and let rest for at least six weeks before use.
Have you ever made your own extracts?