Sunday, 16 December 2012

Home made vanilla extract

I was putting together some Christmas bits for a friend who likes baking and suddenly thought 'why don't I include some home made vanilla extract?!' Admittedly I have left it a bit late as it takes 6-8 weeks to steep, but I'm going to write on the label I tie on when the extract will be ready to use. And I think it's quite nice that they will be able to see it develop.

This is a super easy and quick project, it's just the steeping which takes time.

I bought my Vanilla Pods from Vanilla Mart on Amazon. Delivery was quick and the pods are really plump and not at all dry.

I also got some lovely Kilner clip top bottles from Cargo which at the time were on a 3 for 2 offer at £2.50 each! The last item needed was Vodka. I just bought a mid-range 1l bottle from Sainsbury's.

Method (If you can call it that!)

1. Take 3 vanilla pods per 250ml bottle. Split them length ways and add to the bottle.

2. Add vodka to the bottle until it covers the pods.

3. Seal and keep in a cool dry place for 6-8 weeks. Perhaps giving it a very gentle shake each week.

Ta da! That is it! As simple as it is I am really excited to give these to friends as gifts, as I know I would be really happy to receive a bottle of this. I had two spare jars and enough vanilla pods and vodka to make some for myself and my sister. I can't wait until it's ready and I can use it in my cakes!


  1. Oooh lovely idea!! Think I will need to give this a shot...surely can't go wrong hehe thanks for sharing x

    1. Hehe it definitely cannot go wrong! I am so excited to be able to use mine in the new year! x

  2. I love this idea. It's so cute and anyone who loves baking always needs more vanilla extract! i like the little bottles too :) x

    1. The bottles are lovely aren't they! The couple of people I've given them to so far have been really happy :] x

  3. Hi,

    i've just found your page and having a read through. I never knew it was so easy to make! I shall be giving it a go!!


    1. Ahh hello Laura! Thanks for having a look. It's so easy and makes a lovely gift! I am really looking forward to being able to use mine next month.

      Did you have a nice Christmas? I see you got KitchenAid as an early present - yey! Mine is my favouritest thing ever! x


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