I LOVE vanilla! I love the smell and I love the taste. All of the baking that I do is from scratch, so I use a lot of vanilla and I like to use high quality vanilla. It just tastes so much better! And it’s cheaper – see the cost comparison below! I also love to give vanilla extract as holiday or housewarming gifts.
A few years ago I learned how to make my own and it’s time for me to do it again. My recipe is based on this one. I’m impatient and I didn’t want to wait 6 months for it to be ready, so I increased the ratio of beans to vodka in order for it to be ready in 3 or 4 months.
35 whole vanilla beans – I purchased 1/4 lb of these beans
6 cups of vodka – this is a little less than a 1.75ml bottle – cheap vodka is okay to use (save the expensive stuff for cocktails)
2 – 1 quart mason jars like these or other glass containers
**You can make this recipe in any amount you want. Just use 7 vanilla beans per cup of vodka.**
1) Using a sharp knife, cut the vanilla beans in half length wise
$16.95 – 1/4 lb of vanilla beans
$11.99 – 1.75ml of vodka ($0.20/oz)
$26.55 = 48 oz of homemade vanilla extract or $0.55/oz
$28.50 = 32 oz of store bought vanilla extract or $0.89/oz