Vanilla Extract is the BEST.
It adds so much depth of flavor to anything–without sweetening!
Vanilla extract is not just for baking–it’s also great for coffee, chai lattes, hot cereals, pancakes or waffles…pretty much anything that isn’t savory.
Vanilla extract can be purchased at any store, but there are a couple of problems I’ve found with it:
- It’s not cheap. A tiny bottle is several dollars, and it doesn’t last long. And if you want organic? It can be $10 for a couple of ounces!
- I have read that many vanilla extracts are fake (using artificial flavorings and colors), which is a huge no-no. The caramel color in these flavorings alone is a carcinogen, and the cloying, chemical flavors are even worse.
Like many things, I was intimidated to make my own.
It’s probably really hard, right?
Uh, no. It’s like the easiest thing. Ever.
Crazy, right? I just had to get past my own mental hurdle and look it up, and I found out it’s so simple.
Plus I can make a huge jar of it for a few dollars… and make it organic! Instead of paying $10 for 2oz.
This organic vanilla extract recipe is easy, affordable and it tastes great!
All you need is a glass jar, some vanilla beans, some hard alcohol (several types can be used: it’s fun to experiment!) and time.
Here’s how to make your quick, easy, home-made organic vanilla extract:
Glass Mason Jar
- 1-3 organic vanilla beans (depending on the size of the jar)
- High-quality unflavored alcohol (vodka, bourbon, rum, etc)
- Cut the vanilla beans open long-ways and pull them open so the small seeds are all exposed.
- Using a spoon or knife, scrape the seeds out
- Put all of the vanilla bean pieces and seeds into the jar
- Fill the jar with the alcohol
- Cover and shake to incorporate the vanilla into the alcohol
- Write the batch date on the jar
- Put the jar in a cupboard or another cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks
- Strain and enjoy in your recipes, coffee, tea and other goodies!
Additionally, vanilla has some impressive health benefits, so feel free to use your new homemade vanilla extract in everything!
What is your favorite way to use vanilla extract?
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