Vanilla Extract DIY and GIVEAWAY!

Friday, January 13, 2012


As you know, I’m a cooking queen.  I probably use a GALLON of vanilla extract every year.  And I’m not kidding, that stuff gets expensive quick.  Even the imitation vanilla!  A few years back I found an awesome DIY for vanilla extract, and I’ve shared it over on www.couponclipinista.com before, but I realized I haven’t shared it here.


So, without further adieu, I give you my vanilla extract recipe:
5 vanilla beans (I used to say 4, but I've been told that 5 is the right ratio!)
1 cup vodka or rum (Grain vodka, not potato vodka)
Jar

Take the vanilla beans, split them lengthwise, and put them into the jar.  Pour the vodka or rum over the vanilla beans, and put that jar in a dark, dry place and walk away.  You're done!  Well, almost.  You have to let it sit and get happy.

I usually let mine sit for at least a month before using it.  You shake it every day, but don’t use it till at least a month has passed.  For gifts, I let it sit six months, that way it’s ready and rich and full of flavor when they get it!


Now, I always buy my beans through www.beanilla.com.  I’m telling you, I can’t afford vanilla beans at the grocery store.  Beanilla has awesome prices on vanilla beans, vanilla paste, and everything else vanilla.  Their shipping is extraordinarily fast, and the customer service is awesome.  Trust me on this.  Beanilla is the best.

And, to help someone get started on their own vanilla extract, I’m giving away two vanilla beans from Beanilla!




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30 comments:

Chevelle said...

My awesome homemade black magic chocolate cake!!
chevsweeps(@)yahoo(dot)com

Adonna said...

my giant black raspberry cream cheese cupcakes with vanilla buttercream for my step daughter's 15th birthday in a couple of weeks!! would be ever so happy :-)
adonna aka alohaprincess@hotmail

Kyria said...

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies!

Amy said...

I would totally make home made ice cream!

Michelle said...

What a great idea like you ,I use a lot of vanilla. This recipe will so help me out. This is my first time to your post. I am really enjoying it.

Michelle said...

Went on the web site for the vanilla beans. Which ones did you use?

McMasters Family said...

My husband would use it to make vanilla olive oil :)

Leah henderson said...

I had no idea you could make your own. I would def make some chocolate chip cookies!

Robin H said...

I would so love to try this! Ice cream, cookies, boil in a pan...the list goes on and on with what I use vanilla in. Thank you for the chance to win.

Tina Gregory said...

I really don't know but I know that it would be something delicous.

Paula said...

snow cream

paige shuta-wernoch said...

cakes,cupcakes,cookies, muffins the list goes on.....

Mrs.Smitty said...

Cookies, breads, ice cream.. the possibilities are endless!
rasmith0506 at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

anything i love vanilla..

amber saxby said...

Costco had a great package of 2 tubes of vanilla beans with 4 in each tube (I think) for $10. After prices I have seen, this was a steal. have you ever purchased them there?
ambersaxby at comcast dot net

Elizabeth Towns said...

I bake a lot, and sometimes I add vanilla bean to recipes that I need to make using boxed ingredients because of a time consideration. I might make my grandmothers pound cake recipe with these, though. Hmmm...

Cattle and Cupcakes said...

I would probably wonder what quality those vanilla beans were. The vanilla beans from beanilla are BIG. At LTEAST 6-7 inches long, and really fat. The "tubed" vanilla beans I usually see in stores are about 4.5 inches long, and very, very thin. So, I think if they were a comparable size and quality you might have a good deal there, but, if they aren't big and fat and healthy looking like Beanilla's, I'd pass and stick with Beanilla! :)

shoegal1995 said...

lots and lots and LOTS of porter cupcakes!

Dara said...

I love to bake cakes...coconut, german chocolate....and I think home made vanilla will enhance the flavor!

Sakurako Kitsa said...

I'd make homemade ice cream :)

Kim Clark said...

I just saw a vanilla cookie recipe that I would love to try and this would be the perfect solution. I love this idea how great!

Mrs Gina Marie Taylor said...

some cupcakes!

CouponQueen81 said...

homemade cookies :)

Jo said...

Ice cream and a homemade fudge sauce to go over it!

Anonymous said...

Yes,which one?

Anonymous said...

Which vanilla bean do you buy?

patricia engle said...

This was my first time to your post and I have found it very interesting. Can't wait to make some Vanilla Extract to share with my family. My family is a cooking and baking family. Crushed Peppermint Vanilla Ice Cream would be what I would use the extract on fist. Thank You

Cattle and Cupcakes said...

Any of them will work great! I use the Tahitian, but the Mexican, Madagascar...all of them are great!

fastone3104 said...

cream soda for the soda stream...its really good my hubby made some all ready...money saver there lol

Candy said...

cheese cake cups, and lots of cookies!

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