Homemade Vanilla Extract For Holiday Gifts

Slofoodgroup Team November 14, 2019

How to Make Vanilla Extract For Your Holiday Gift Giving

One of the most impressive and unique foodie gifts you can give is also one of the easiest to make. Homemade vanilla extract requires only two ingredients—vodka and vanilla beans—and about 5 minutes of prep. The beans are split and inserted into glass bottles, which are then filled with vodka. In a few months, you’ve got the most delicious, flavorful vanilla that beats the store-bought brand any day.

Just be sure to keep a bottle or two for yourself.

Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe (see Notes, below)

What you'll need to make vanilla extract from scratch:

Vanilla extract preparation:

Split the vanilla beans lengthwise to reveal the seeds (if the beans are taller than the bottles, cut in half to fit). Place 2 beans in each bottle, fill with the vodka and cap to seal. Place bottles in a dark cupboard for a month or longer, shaking every few days or so.

Notes:

1. You do not have to splurge on expensive vodka – but you do want to invest in the most high-quality vanilla beans for the best extract.

2. We love the look (and flavor) that the vanilla bean seeds give to the extract. If you prefer, you can scrape the seeds from the pods before inserting them in the bottles. Alternatively, you can leave the seeds in and then strain the extract through a coffee filter prior to gifting.

3. If you leave the beans in the bottle be sure to let the recipient know to keep topping the bottle off with more vodka, as the beans will get slimy if exposed. You can always remove the beans prior to gifting.





Slofoodgroup

Author


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Our Blog, Stories, Recipes, and Spices

A beginners guide to edible gold leaf
Edible Gold Leaf - A Beginners Guide

by Slofoodgroup January 19, 2020

First time working with edible gold?  Take a look at our beginner's guide to gold leaf for some helpful tips to get you started.

View full article →

Handmade Butternut Squash Pasta with Morel Mushroom and Rosemary Cream Sauce
Handmade Butternut Squash Pasta with Morel Mushroom and Rosemary Cream Sauce

by Slofoodgroup January 16, 2020

This gluten free handmade pasta is made with butternut squash and formed into Orecchiette, a pasta variation with a shallow well that is wonderful for ensuring you get plenty of the creamy morel sauce in every bite. You'll be amazed by how simple it is to make!

View full article →

Where does saffron come from
Saffron and Cooking with the Ancient Spice

by Slofoodgroup January 11, 2020

Looking for new ways to use saffron in your cooking?  From classic savory recipes to new and exciting sweet treats, this article has got just what you are looking for to use your saffron spice

View full article →