Let’s say you’re like me and you bake a ton of cookies around the holidays (or just in general) and an ingredient that is always used is Vanilla Extract, so you go to the store in search of some, and are shocked by the price (I know I was…$19+ for 8oz of Pure Vanilla Extract..that’s crazy in my opinion). So right there in the isle of the grocery store, I thought ‘how hard can it be to make Vanilla Extract’ and took out my handy dandy smartphone and googled it, and viola, I read that it takes all of 2 ingredients and a little patience. I bought some vanilla beans, some cheap vodka, and set out making Homemade Vanilla Extract. Once you make your own, you will NEVER buy another bottle of store bought imitation vanilla extract again, and you will be amazed at the wonderful flavors (seriously, the flavor is so much better than anything you can buy!) And best of all, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make. Again, I can’t stress enough how easy it is to make!
After making some with vanilla beans I got at the store, I found this awesome website that sells beans at a cheaper price. Here is a link to Beanilla, they also sell cute bottles. The bottles I used I had around the house so there was no expense there, I just cleaned them really well (think mason jars and empty bottles of previous store bough items such as extracts.) You can also play around with different bean combinations, I did a lot of combinations, and my favorite thus far is a Burbon Vanilla extract or Burbon-Madagascar bean combination. I created some labels and those can be found here: Homemade Vanilla Extract Labels
This would make a great DIY present for the upcoming Holidays. I host a cookie exchange every year that has prizes and all, I’m thinking this would make a perfect little inclusion in the gift bag!