DIY Vanilla Extract . . . Works for Me Wednesday

 DIY vanilla extract
Christmas is less than 3 months away.  Honest.  I counted it out on my fingers twice just to be sure.

I really like making homemade gifts for friends and neighbors at Christmastime...and I like to mix it up a bit and not give only decorated cookies.

Last year, I tried vanilla extract.

DIY vanilla extract ... great homemade gift!
The cool thing can start NOW!  Make up several jars and start checking off that Christmas list.

To make Homemade Vanilla Extract, you're going to need:

DIY vanilla extract ... great homemade gift!
vanilla beans (I bought mine from Beanilla)

...and vodka.

DIY vanilla extract
Split the vanilla beans, leaving one end intact. (I had to cut mine in half to fit.) Place in bottles.  These are from The Container Store....aren't they cute?

DIY vanilla extract
Top with vodka.  A good ratio is 1 vanilla bean per 1/3 cup of vodka.

Store in a cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks before using.  The longer it sits, the darker the extract will become.
 DIY vanilla extract
This is what it looks like after being tucked away for 2-3 months.

Refill with vodka and fresh vanilla beans as needed.

DIY vanilla extract ... great homemade gift!
It's that easy!  Really! And it works for me

{ can find the bottles here...I used the 3.3 ounce.}
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