There are these two bottles of Vodka that we received as gifts a couple of years ago, that have sat in our pantry, unopened and sad. This year, I wanted to do something special with those bottles of Vodka, and create gifts that would be perfect for giving to holiday hosts, special friends that always make us an extra batch of cookies, fresh from the oven, and Grandmas that bake the most delicious cookies.
This year, we were going to put those to good use and make DIY Vanilla extract, using two simple ingredients, vanilla beans and vodka. I contemplated using Bourbon, but I wanted to try our first batch with a clean vanilla flavor.
How to Bottle & Where to Buy
Bottled in fantastic french square glass from Greenmunch, I sliced the vanilla beans open and placed six beans in the 16 oz. french square bottle and three-four beans in the 8 oz. french square bottle. Give the bottle a shake every couple of days for six to eight weeks. If you’re shopping locally, in Edmonton, you can pick-up your order and save on shipping, or take advantage of the ship to you option (tip: it’s fast!).
Besides the bottles, you’re going to need vanilla beans. Vanilla beans are expensive, don’t buy them in a local grocery store. Instead, use a store like Beanilla or order them online and get free shipping. The madagascar vanilla beans we ordered from France arrived in just over a week and were fresh, vacuum sealed and ready to make vanilla extract.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Vodka (or bourbon is a popular choice)
Tip: If you’re going to use it at-home, you can use Mason jars. As long as the extract is going to remain sealed for eight weeks, mason jars will work like a charm. You can find a lot of those at Greenmunch too.
Why am I making it now? Make it now because it’s going to need to sit for at least eight weeks in order to be ready to give. There is still enough time for you to gather the supplies you’re going to need and have your own hand made christmas.