Green Kitchen Tips make vanilla extract

Published on April 13th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

2

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditShare on TumblrTweet about this on Twitter

make vanilla extract

Store-bought extracts are cheap and easy, but they can also come with a dose of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. There’s also something that’s just plain satisfying about making your own vanilla extract instead of buying it at the store. You know exactly what’s in that bottle, because you put it there!

Want to make your own vanilla extract? It’s super simple. All it takes is two ingredients and a little bit of patience. When you’re shopping for your ingredients, make sure you use fair trade vanilla beans, so you aren’t steeping cruelty into that bottle!

Vanilla Extract Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 fair trade vanilla beans
  • 1 pint of vodka

Supplies

  • sharp knife
  • butter knife
  • pint sized Mason jar
  • sticky labels and a marker

Directions

  1. Label your jar, making sure to put a date on there.
  2. Slice your vanilla beans in half lengthwise using that sharp knife.
  3. Use your butter knife to scrape the sticky innards from the pods into your Mason jar.
  4. Cut your beans in half the other way, and place them in the jar.
  5. Fill your jar up with vodka, shake it well, and store it in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks, shaking it once or twice a week.

Your vanilla extract will keep for up to 8 months, and you can even refill the jar with vodka during that time as you use the extract, so you won’t run out!

Keep up with the latest sustainable food news by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!



Get social!
Use the buttons to connect with EDB on some of your favorite social networks!

Tags: , , , , , ,


About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



Back to Top ↑