DIY Gift: Vanilla Extract

How to make vanilla extract at home DIY project
Like many people, every Christmas I’m on the hunt for fun handmade gift ideas.  I scour the Internet (and my memory) for any ideas that are unique, easy, cute and fairly inexpensive.  This year, I came to the conclusion that I would be making vanilla extract. Like many of you, around the holidays, I’m on the hunt for fun handmade gift ideas. I scour the Internet (and my memory) for any ideas that are unique, easy, cute and fairly inexpensive.  This year, I came to the conclusion that I would be making vanilla extract.
For this project, I bought 20 4-oz Clear Boston Round Bottles from Specialty Bottles and a 1/2 lb pack of Vanilla Beans from Saffron.com.  1/2 lb is roughly 45 beans. I also got a handle of vodka. 
1. First, you’ll need to cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise and then crosswise and divide them among the bottles. I used 3 beans for each bottle.
2. Then, pull out your funnel and pour roughly 1/2 cup of vodka into each container.
3. Next, put on the cap and wait!!! Easy-peasy, right?

The steeping effect sets in quickly. The vodka goes from clear to a pretty amber color. Ideally, the vanilla should steep for at least a month, till the vanilla is a dark brown. The longer it steeps the stronger the vanilla flavor.

For labels,  I did a google image search for vintage vanilla labels.  I found one right away that I liked and photoshopped a  list of ingredients along with a Christmas note from Joe and I over the physician’s information (apparently, doctors distributed vanilla back in the day?)  Regarding word choice, I was utilizing these gifts for business colleagues and older family folk, so I listed the ingredients as “Good Tidings, Ethyl Alcohol, and Vanillas Beans”.  I also added a few bows with ribbon and raffia.    

  That’s it!!! Happy gifting!

2 Comments on DIY Gift: Vanilla Extract

  1. Anonymous
    December 4, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Great idea! Did you put the entire pod into the bottles, or just the beans from the pods? And did you leave it in the bottle when they were packaged or strain them out?

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  2. Anonymous
    December 12, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Hey there! Thanks for the inquiry. I left the whole pod in the bottle!

    Reply

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