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Live.Laugh.DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

I’m always on the lookout for unique and useful gifts! A few years back I was gifted a bottle of homemade vanilla and, to date, and while it is so simple to make, it is one of my favorite small gifts because it’s the thought that counts. It also smells amazing and adds great flavor to everything I bake. I recently ran out which inspired me to make my own and make some for my amazing clients and friends!

Side Note: If you didn’t already know this, grocery store vanilla is diluted and the flavor is not nearly as strong as homemade vanilla!



How to Video:


Step by Step:

Step 1: Cut the vanilla beans in half or into small one inch pieces, and put three or 4 halves (or smaller pieces) into your 4 oz bottle.

Step 2: Fill the bottle with the alcohol of your choice. I used vodka, but you can also use bourbon, brandy, or rum. An inexpensive alcohol (80 proof) works just fine. Be sure to cover the beans completely before capping the bottle.

Step 3: Print your labels. I purchased 2 inch round Avery Labels from Target. If you choose to do the same, you can use this label template I created.

Step 4: Complete the “Bottled” and “Ready” dates. The “Ready” date is 8-12 weeks from the date you bottle your homemade vanilla.

Step 5: Add a ribbon, twine, and or gift label to add more personalization if you’re gifting your vanilla.

Alternative Step 3 Option: If you don’t want to add a sticker label, you can add a gift tag label and hand write the batch and full flavor dates on it.

Easy, right?!  I also learned that I didn’t have to run out of my precious homemade vanilla because as it’s used, I could have topped it off with vodka and given it a good shake. It’s important to not allow the vanilla beans to be exposed (aka keep them submerged in vodka). If they become exposed in your bottle, just remove them after the 8-12 weeks when your vanilla has reached full flavor!

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