12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Homemade Vanilla Extract

by Shawnda on December 4, 2010

in Christmas,DIY,Holiday Favorites

Tahitian Vanilla Beans

Another staple in our holiday goodie baskets are bottles of Homemade Vanilla Extract. Each bottle contains homemade vanilla extract and a fresh, split vanilla bean pod.

Good vanilla is expensive and for good reason – vanilla beans are the second most expensive spice in the world. And vanilla extract is ridiculously easy to make. I haven’t thrown a vanilla pod away in 3+ years. I also haven’t bought vanilla extract in over 3 years.

The Container Store has pretty, inexpensive bottles that work great for vanilla. I’ve used the dark brown glass bottles, hermetic topped bottles, and cork-topped bottles. Dark glass is supposedly the best but I go through it so quickly that I don’t think twice about storing it in small clear glass bottles.

Homemade vanilla extract takes about 3 months to get ready. Didn’t start your vanilla in time? You can still add vodka and a couple of split vanilla beans to a pretty bottle and give them away with instructions to let them finish aging!

Get the recipe: Homemade Vanilla Extract

The 12 Days of Homemade Christmas 2010
Swirly Chocolate-Peppermint Bark Fleur de Sel Caramels Chocolate Crackles Tahitian Vanilla Beans Peppermint Chunk Cookies Red, White, and Green Biscotti
Cranberry Pecan Bread Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Homemade Red Wine Vinegar Homemade Granola Homemade Marshmallows


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pup December 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

This is great! I am currently making some (started it in August or so), Can’t wait to try it out/taste it!!


2 Jenny @ meltingbutter December 6, 2010 at 3:01 am

wow, homemade vanilla extract is another level for me :)


3 Tonya @ What's On My Plate December 6, 2010 at 7:22 am

I made vanilla extract a few months ago and it’s truly life-changing. No more store bought. I’m now making lemon, mint and almond extracts!


4 briarrose December 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

Wonderful gift idea. I do love my homemade vanilla.


5 LKPNYC December 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I made some this summer for a foodie friend of mine. I can’t wait for her to taste the difference! The hardest part for me was finding the right containers–didn’t even consider the Container Store! Thanks for the tip.


6 Christina December 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

This is on my to do list! I bought a bunch of vanilla from Tahaa in French Polynesia and I have decided to make homemade vanilla extract out of it. Thanks for the recipe!


7 the urban baker December 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

doing the same thing. i get to get on it! lovely post!


8 Trish @I_am_Succeeding January 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

I have got to try this!!


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