With my Homemade Vanilla Extract you can stock up on the delicious flavour perfect for your bakes and without nasty additives.
Vanilla extract is one of those kitchen and baking things I absolutely love and always treat myself to a proper natural flavour one. I don’t want the vanilla messed around with or artificially made. I came across a simple recipe to make it at home and it is easily the best vanilla extract I’ve ever used or tasted.
Beautiful fresh vanilla from a French market all the way from Africa. They were so soft yet slightly greasy to touch and the smell from just 10 was so overpoweringly beautiful and delicious. Only touching them for a few minutes and I smelled like vanilla for ages!
- At least 3 vanilla pods
- Take one sterilised bottle.
- Cut two of the vanilla pods open and add to the bottle with the other whole ones.
- Add the vodka to the bottle almost to the top.
- Place the extract in a cupboard or somewhere out of the way for 6 months until the vodka changes colour and starts to taste like vanilla.
The vanilla pods in the vodka on day one compared to the vanilla extract after six months in the cupboard. It looks so beautiful backlit! Does anyone else think it sort of looks like aliens or weird underwater animals about to move and jump out? Just me then!
So beautiful and so tasty! They also brilliant gifts.
12 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla Extract”
What a lovely idea! Vanilla is my favourite scent/flavour – i add it to every sweet thing I make! Definitely going to bookmark this x
I’m so glad you like it! Have fun making it and using it x
Oh wow I never even thought to make vanilla extract with vodka! I think I’d probably just end up drinking it as vodka though, haha!
It does work really well in cocktails too!
Wow – I’d never have thought it was so easy! That looks fab and I bet it tastes amazing. I’ve never seen fresh vanilla pods but I’ll be scouring the markets now 🙂
I’ve never seen fresh ones before and the smell is worth it alone but you have to be quick as they go mouldy so fast. You need to pop them straight into the vodka to preserve them
I made a big jar of this before Christmas, we use loads of vanilla pods for our ice cream and once used you can wash them out and bake them before using to make vanilla extract – love a bit of thriftiness! X
I love that! I will have to try it 🙂
I would never even think to make my own vanilla extract and it looks so easy!
It really is and the taste is incredible
This is so helpful, thank you!
Thank you x