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Topic: Holiday Gift Idea: Homemade Vanilla Extract (How to Make It)  (Read 2760 times)
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« on: December 05, 2012 03:33:40 AM »

Super easy, super great gift!

This is an economical gift with a lot of heart.  I made 12 of these this year for teachers, babysitters, coaches, etc.  

What You Need:
  • A dozen 4oz. Boston Round Bottles
  • Unflavored Vodka
  • Fresh Vanilla Beans (I used organic)

How to Make It:
Sterilize your bottles.

Cut the Vanilla Beans in half, then slice lengthwise to expose the bean paste (but don't scrape it out).
Place about 4 Vanilla halves into each bottle and fill the bottle with Vodka.
A funnel makes this super easy.

Make up some labels on your computer and stick them on.  Finish with a nice ribbon.

IMPORTANT:  You need to let these steep for about 2 months before using.  You either need to plan ahead, or include a little note letting the recipient know when they can use it!


See the full post on my blog: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-gift-worth-giving-homemade-vanilla.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012 07:06:45 AM »

Your labels are lovely - and this is such a wonderful idea. Vanilla extract is scary once you realize what's actually in it. I'm doing up a batch of this, and it's taken more than two months to negate the intense alcohol smell / flavour. I would definitely be aware that it's not a precise timeline. I'm so impatient for it to be done!

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013 06:57:37 PM »

thanks for the timeline, this will be a great gift for the baker friends in my life. and, because they are friends, a gift which will continue giving! I also think the aesthetic of the bottles is quite lovely.
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2013 06:38:00 PM »

We made these last year and they were fun and easy but heads up: Our vanilla got floaties in them after a few month (we left the bean in the jar) and it looked very unappealing.
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2013 10:54:41 PM »

Forgot how awesome homemade vanilla extract was... thank you for sharing!

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2014 02:05:13 PM »

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