Homemade Vanilla Extract
Homemade vanilla extract is much more affordable than the store-bought version and it tastes delicious. ($.49 per ounce)
- 2 vanilla beans
- 8 ounces cheap vodka
Slice the beans open lengthwise and scrape out half the paste. Use the paste for another recipe. I made vanilla ice cream, and it tasted incredible!
Place the spent vanilla beans (with half the paste still in the beans) in a clean jar and cover with the vodka.
Put the jar in a cabinet and forget about it for a month.
After a month, open the jar and see if it smells like vanilla or vodka. If it still smells like vodka, put it away for a few more weeks and try again. When you get that nice vanilla extract aroma, you can start using it. (Mine started smelling like vanilla after 3 weeks.)
Top off periodically with more vodka. This should last for many months. When it stops smelling like vanilla, replace the beans or add another one.
Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg