Have you seen the price of vanilla extract lately? Especially organic vanilla extract. A whopping $20 for 8 ounces at my local health food store. Considering all the baking I've been doing lately, I knew I had to find a way make my own vanilla extract.
Turns out making vanilla extract is incredibly easy. And you're going to save a lot of money. You can find vanilla beans for less than $1 each if you buy in bulk. Add a little cheap booze, let it sit for a couple of months, and you're in business. Start now, and you'll be sitting pretty come holiday baking time.
If you are on the GAPS diet, you will want to use vodka. Many vodkas today do contain gluten so if you are gluten-intolerant, please look for a high-end vodka, and check first before using.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Makes 8 ounces
Equipment:Pint mason jar
Vodka, rum or Bourbon (1 cup (8 oz))
Vanilla beans (3) — save money by ordering in bulk, online or through a co-op — where to buy vanilla beans
1. Slit the vanilla beans lengthwise. Cut them in half or in quarters (I did this so they'd fit in the jar). Add them to the mason jar.
2. Add the vodka or rum to the jar, cover with a lid and shake.
3. Stick the jar in a cupboard for at least 8 weeks.
I told you it was easy.