How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract: An Organic Recipe Guide

The Back Story…

Since 2014, I’ve been crafting my own Vanilla Extract, and now I’m thrilled to guide you through the process of making homemade vanilla extract.

This journey began during my time in Oregon, a state known for its deep appreciation of natural living. An interesting twist to this story emerged when I noticed a family member using imitation extract, which left me intrigued.

My innate curiosity prompted me to ask, “Why not use real vanilla extract?” Their answer opened my eyes to their personal journey of recovery from alcoholism and their commitment to avoiding products containing alcohol. This person’s dedication to a natural, alcohol-free lifestyle left me pondering why they weren’t using the best all-natural product available?

This experience reaffirmed the importance of asking questions rather than making assumptions, and it led me to dive into researching how to make Vanilla Extract.

As I embarked on this journey, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Was it a complicated process, or was it something everyone could easily do? Could making Vanilla Extract be a shortcut to creating a homemade, natural alternative to store-bought options, aligning with our fast-paced modern world?

Although I consider myself a “work smarter, not harder” enthusiast, I also have a stubborn streak when it comes to acquiring new skills. I wanted to see if I could do it myself. I value my time and, like many, have a preference for short and sweet recipes.

Let’s get right to the heart of making Vanilla Extract.

What makes this recipe special?

This vanilla extract recipe is delightfully simple, calling for just two ingredients. However, it does require an ample amount of patience. It’s not a recipe that offers instant gratification; it’s more about the anticipation.

You’ll spend a mere 5 minutes preparing it, and then you must allow it to rest for a couple of months before it’s fully ready for use in your cooking and baking endeavors.

My personal preference is to make large batches of this delightful extract using quart mason jars. This way, I always have an ample supply on hand. It’s also worth noting that I make a lot of it at one time. I enjoy gifting it to friends and family during the holiday season and as hostess gifts when attending festive gatherings.

A Fun Fact: We used this homemade vanilla extract as wedding favors at our celebration.

We acquired charming amber 1 oz glass bottles, filled them with our homemade extract, and adorned each one with a cute label. It’s been almost six years, and some of our guests still have a bit of our vanilla extract in their cupboards.

Many family and friends have requested refills over the years. Thanks to my ample stockpile, I can always ensure I have enough for our own needs and those who request more throughout the year.

So, if you’re seeking a simple yet exciting hostess gift that will astonish your family and friends, consider making this organic, all-natural vanilla extract.

Nobody has ever expressed disappointment at receiving such a thoughtful and delicious gift, especially considering the often hefty price tag of store-bought organic vanilla extract.

Let’s dive into the steps to create your own vanilla extract!

The Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe:

Ingredients and Supplies

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Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Clean and Sterilize the Mason Jar: Begin by dipping the mason jar in boiling water and allowing it to cool completely on the counter before adding the ingredients.
  2. Prepare the Vanilla Beans: Cut the 10 vanilla beans down the middle, leaving the top 1 inch of the bean uncut and connected.
  3. Assemble in the Mason Jar: Place the prepared vanilla beans in the clean, cooled mason jar.
  4. Add Vodka: Fill the mason jar with vodka until the beans are completely submerged.
  5. Store and Wait: Seal the jar with a lid and store it in a cool, dark space, such as your pantry or spice cabinet. Let it sit for 3 months. Every other week, gently tip the mason jar upside down and right side up. Continue this process throughout the 3-month waiting period.
  6. Transfer to Smaller Jars: After the 3 months have passed, pour the mixture into smaller jars. Some people strain the vanilla extract seeds; this is optional.
  7. Usage Tip: Keep in mind that this homemade vanilla extract is stronger than store-bought varieties. You only need to use half the amount called for in recipes.

Learning how to make homemade vanilla extract is an enriching experience. I’ve been making large batches of this extract in quart mason jars for years, not only for personal use but also as thoughtful gifts during the holidays and at special gatherings.

It was the perfect wedding favor at our celebration!

This simple yet valuable recipe ensures you always have a supply of organic, all-natural vanilla extract, saving you money in the long run. Don’t hesitate to share this delightful gift with your loved ones, and wow them with your homemade creation. After all, who can resist the allure of organic, all-natural vanilla extract, especially considering the high cost of the store-bought alternatives?


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