Thursday, October 8, 2009

Homemade Vanilla Extract

I can't believe it's October already, and before you know it Christmas will be here. This year I am making most of my family and friends gifts. This takes a lot more planning ahead but I know I am putting more thought into what I would like to give them. So working at Arizona Vanilla really helped in the idea department and I have decided to make my own vanilla extract to give to my friends/family members that love to bake. I figure, if I start it now it will be ready just in time for Christmas. I will keep you posted on the progress. The best part about making your own extract is, it's super easy to make.

Okay so here's what you need:
Once you have all the ingredients here's what you do:
  1. Using a sharp knife, cut a lengthwise split down the middle of each bean.
  2. Cut beans into 1/2 - 3/4 inch pieces.
  3. Pour vodka into container.
  4. Add vanilla beans to the container and shake it.
  5. Shake it vigorously daily for 7-8 weeks.
  6. Strain through a coffee filter and funnel into bottles.

Your done, yay! Now how do you personalize each bottle? Create individual labels! I am going to create some super cute labels for each bottle. When I get them done I will post them.

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Sandi said...

Is this as potent as "regular" vanilla extract? I bake for the public, so I'd hate to cheat!

Arizona Vanilla said...

To be sure, follow the FDA instructions: 13.2 oz vanilla beans to 1 gallon vodka.

Hope this helps.