Homemade vanilla extract

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I bet all of you had this dilemma of trying to come up with a gift idea when you wanted to give something special, unique, even homemade to a friend or a family member. Well, fear no more, because I have one item to add to that list of such presents: Kristina's homemade vanilla extract jars! Anyone who cooks or bakes regularly will worship this precious gem. You know how recipes often mention "add vanilla extract"...and then you go on a hunt for it, and what you finally buy is something full of preservatives and artificial everything. Trust me, this will be that magic ingredient and all your freinds will say "What did you put in this cookie?"
The whole recipe seems really easy, just a big jar with a sealing lid, tons of vodka, vanilla beans...and vanilla heaven, here we come! xo

P.S: Here is how to

(photo by Kristina)

40 comments:

Marta said...

Love it!!! That's perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh drool!

Krystal said...

now that is interesting!

Miles Of Style said...

mmmm...what a wonderful gift option!

Lady Grey said...

I've always wanted to try this! It must smell incredible!!
xo

Kristin H said...

How wonderful! Vanilla heaven:)

Hello said...

thanks for sharing :))

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Zondra Art said...

Thanks for sharing dear Diane!
Have a nice weekend,kisses:)

Diana Mieczan said...

I bet it smells great, Vanessa. I'm going to make a jar this weekend and let you know!

Cara said...

oh i think i will try this!
♥ Cara
Lilac and Grey

jillian m. said...

I've been dying to make my own vanilla extract since I bought the vanilla beans a few months ago. Hmmm...maybe this will be my next project.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

super cute DIY

little t said...

Love this post!

Jenny said...

ooh, cool! Never would have thought to try this at home. Real vanilla is soooo expensive. This looks like it makes a lot and might be worth it!

Michele said...

Yum.......Love vanilla in so many things. Thanks! I can smell it now!

Caitie said...

I always buy real vanilla extract at the health food store, but it can be so pricey! This sounds so simple, definitely worth a try :)

foodhogger said...

Yes! This is so wonderful. I got vanilla essence in New Orleans and it was basically vanilla pods in a jar, and when I got home I had to add rum to it, then had to shake it for something like 10 days. It's the best vanilla essence I've ever used!

Cat said...

This is a great idea...not only for a gift but something I would make for myself!

Fellow bakers...unite :)

xx Cat brideblu

Monica from Hola!design said...

This is perfect! I love anything "homemade"!
Thank you, D!
have a beautiful day!

sherri lynn said...

I've been wanting to make my own vanilla extract. Thanks for sharing!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Seriously I should be doing that! This is going in this weekend's worthy reads roundup!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

whoa this is supercool. never knew you could do this!

Sara Szatmary said...

So pretty for displaying in the kitchen AND it's useful. I must try this!

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Love making extracts! My fiancé and I like to keep our food as natural as possible, so we make our own vanilla extract, as well as nut extracts and stevia extract (to sweeten tea, coffee, etc). Never thought about giving this to people as gifts, though- great idea!

Sara said...

I love easy and cool!

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..How great! Thank you, Chic 'n Cheap Living

Gina said...

SUCH a great idea - love it!

Annie said...

ha, i was just looking at a recipe for this YESTERDAY! great post :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

how cool!! i'd love to try this out :)

Megan said...

I've thought about making this, but never have. This must be a sign that I finally sould :)

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

My mother used to make this--a really great idea and MUCH less expensive than buying it. Thanks for the How To!

Amber Blue Bird said...

this is a grand idea, I have to try this one

Nikki said...

That sounds like a waste of vodka!

La Feem said...

Yummy, that is a great gift! xo

Diana Mieczan said...

Caroline, much less expensive and it lasts for a really long time!

Diana Mieczan said...

It would look really pretty in a kitchen, Sara. Im thinking about getting some cool jars for it.

Diana said...

OO I know a blogger friend who would love this and im going to share it with her!! Great idea for a gift! Have a lovely day sweety xoxoxo

Elisa said...

When I lived in Croatia I came across a product called Vanilla sugar. I was disappointed that I couldn't find it in the States. So I made my own. You just put a vanilla bean in a jar with sugar. that's it!

I will love to make this recipe,as I'm always using vanilla extract!

Kelly said...

I've been looking for a good vanilla extract recipe - these are awesome!

Bionica said...

this is very cool
I love it!!!

-Bionica

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