HOMEMADE VANILLA EXTRACT MAKES THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT. THIS IS EASY AND INEXPENSIVE TO MAKE AND CAN BE PUT TOGETHER IN MINUTES!
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It’s never too early to start planning those homemade Christmas gifts to hand out to friends and family and this is one you’ll want to start on early. Homemade vanilla extract needs time to sit and do it’s thing so you’ll want to add this to your to do list right away.
Part of the fun in making it for me is finding just the right vintage amber bottle to store and gift it in. It’s easy peasy to make and once you’ve baked with the good stuff you’ll never go back to imitation store bought vanilla.
You’ll need Grade B vanilla beans, and vodka, rum, or bourbon (40% alcohol). My first choice is to use bourbon but you’ll be able to get vodka much cheaper so if your making a big batch to gift I’d recommend cheap vodka, the cheapest you can find it won’t affect the flavor if its cheap. Just make sure it’s 40% alcohol.
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TAKES MINUTES TO MAKE
By using bourbon you’ll get a sweeter tasting vanilla, which is better for baking, but it’s truly personal preference. The longer you can let it steep the better flavor you’ll have. I recommend at least 6 weeks but the longer the better. If you make it now it will be perfect to use as Christmas gifts.
LASTS FOR YEARS
Also make sure to refill the bottle from time to time with the alcohol of your choice. You’ll get a couple of years out of the same vanilla beans.
If you haven’t seen my baking cupboard you’ll find it here where you can see how I store all my baking needs along with links of where to find everything.
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