Are you looking for that perfect homemade gift to give for the Holidays? Homemade Vanilla Extract is the perfect answer! This post contains some affiliate links. Click here for my full disclosure policy.
If this is the gift you would like to make to give to all your friends, then you need to start to make them in September or October. The vanilla extract needs to sit for about 6 weeks before use.
2 ingredients, a bottle, label and some raffia or ribbon and you have a great homemade gift.
Label – Free Printable below
I started by washing the bottles in the dishwasher to make sure they were clean and disinfected. Start by cutting each vanilla bean in half. Hold the end of each half and slice down the center, about 1/4 inch from the end. Place 6 to 8 vanilla bean pieces into each jar. Use a funnel to pour the vodka into each bottle, covering the vanilla beans.
I created a label to place on each bottle. Add some raffia or ribbon and your gift is ready, well almost ready. The vanilla bean needs to sit in the vodka for 6 to 8 weeks.
Place your bottles in a cool dark place and make sure you shake each bottle about once a week. The longer you allow the vanilla to sit, the darker and more intense the extract becomes. You can remove the vanilla beans after about 8 weeks. Be sure to tell your gift recipient to remove the vanilla beans if the liquid no longer covers the bean. The bean will grow mold on it when exposed to air.
I did the hard work for you by creating a vanilla extract printable label just for my readers. This makes this gift even easier to make!
It is not too late to order your supplies and get these great homemade vanilla extracts gifts made. Just leave a note with the gift stating not to use until an open date. I can’t wait to use mine for baking!
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