Frugal Friday – Homemade Vanilla

Several months ago, I ran across a blog post at Heavenly Homemakers about making homemade vanilla.  This sounded like fun, and a great gift idea too!  So, I gave it a try.  Here’s how to make your own homemade vanilla too:

1) Get vanilla beans (the cheapest BY FAR are online here) – I used 40 vanilla beans

2) Get vodka (I just got the cheapest there too!  Took me a while to find the best sale in the liquor store, because I have never been there!) (I also found a post at GNOWFGLINS that used bourbon to make vanilla too – I think I’ll try that one next time) – I used 1.75L of vodka

3) Get a 1/2 gallon glass jar – I used a Ball 1/2 gallon jar

4) Cut the vanilla beans lengthwise but leave a 1″ space at the top.  So they will look like wishbones.  Stuff them in the jar

5) Pour the vodka in the jar and give it a big shake

6) Let the jar sit in a cool, dark place (mine is in the upper part of my pantry in the back), and shake around whenever the mood strikes you

7) Let sit for 6 months!  (I’ll be a little shy of this for Christmas gifts, but I am planning on pouring my vanilla into small jars (I got the 8 oz ones), and then giving them as gifts with a little booklet of vanilla recipes (you can order that here at Heavenly Homemakers) and I’ll probably just stick a few of the vanilla beans inside the jar too so it can keep getting stronger – one of my homemade Christmas gifts!)

8) Use in your recipes and enjoy!

This is much cheaper than store-bought vanilla, and although this is my first time experimenting with vanilla, I have heard from others that the taste is MUCH better!

To your success,

Dr. Laura

This is part of Frugal Friday at LifeAsMom and Pennywise Platter at Nourishing Gourmet

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