3 Ingredient Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe
Vanilla extract is used for many things, mostly baking, but isn’t cheap. Especially for high-quality extract. I’ve noticed a lot of store bought extract also has other random ingredients that aren’t necessary and a large amount of them are watered down. So, I researched it and decided to make my own. It isn’t super cheap to make but I made it very concentrated so when I bake I’ll use about 1/4 the amount a recipe would call for. I received the Everclear alcohol for a blog review. Got the bottles from using collecting old ones and cleaning them (tall glass jars are the best ones) and ordered the vanilla beans online. There isn’t much to making it but once made you have to wait a while before you can use it. One recipe I read said 3-4 weeks. Another said 2-3 months. So I guess I’ll play it by ear. Also you can use all sorts of alcohol for making vanilla extract. Just make sure it is 80 proof or higher. The Everclear is 95% so I’m hoping to have very flavorful extract.
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First get your ingredients: Alcohol, tall glass jars and vanilla beans. You’ll also need a cutting board and knife. Make sure the jars are clean. You can order some on Amazon too. The whole process should take about 15 minutes to make the extract.
Vanilla Extract Ingredients
Once you have all the ingredients you’ll want to split the vanilla beans down the middle (I assume this is so they can absorb the alcohol better). I also cut mine shorter so that each end is an open cut. You need 7-8 beans per 8 ounces of alcohol. For the whole bottle of Everclear (about 25 oz) I used 21 beans.
Next put 7-8 vanilla beans into each jar and top with alcohol. Make sure the beans are fully covered (that is why I cut mine smaller too). I used a liquid measuring cup with a spout to measure for each bottle and then pour into the narrow top. A funnel can be used too.
I made three jars out of this. I left a tiny bit of room at the top of each so they can mix better when I shake them. Can’t wait to try out some recipes once it is ready!
Lots of vanilla beans floating in the alcohol. This needs to be stored in a cool, dark place for 1-3 months but you need to take it out and shake it daily. Don’t put it in a cabinet and forget about it. I’ve also heard that once the extract is used up in a bottle that the vanilla beans can be reused. Not sure how well this will work, but a thought to try it.