Second only to my beloved cinnamon, vanila extract is possibly the most frequently used flavoring agent in my kitchen. Compared with store-bought versions, making vanilla extract at home costs less per serving (approximately 5 times cheaper), evades the chemicals and questionable manufacturing processes, and only takes a few minutes to make.
All that is needed is:
- Vanilla beans (purchase locally or online–different beans produce slightly different flavors)
- Alcohol (I’ve used vodka but brandy or rum can be substituted), and
- Patience (it takes about 3 months for the flavors to fully infuse)
Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe:
- 15 Vanilla Beans
- 1 Bottle Vodka (can substitute other alcohol such as brandy, rum or bourbon)
- Glass jars
- Slice vanilla beans lengthwise and place in glass jars. Top with vodka and shake up. Store in cool dark place for 2-3 months to infuse. Shaking periodically will help speed the infusion process.