I am sure that almost everybody has some kind of vanilla extract at home. But how much did you pay for it? It can be pretty pricey, right? Well, I would like to share this awesome recipe with you. It is very simple and economical! All you need is a bottle of Vodka (750 ml – 1 standard bottle) and approximately six (6) organic vanilla beans (1 oz). That is it! ;o)
This is what you do:
- Split vanilla beans in half lengthwise.
- Pour out a few ounces of vodka from the bottle to make room for your vanilla beans.
- Place the split vanilla beans in the vodka and secure with the lid.
- Place a label on the bottle with the date you made it.
- Store it in a cool, dark place.
- Shake the bottle occasionally for two to three months. That’s it! You can tell that your own vanilla extract is ready when it has a deep yummy caramel color. And it will smell delicious!
You can make this recipe with your kids as a chemistry project! You can also teach them the budget benefits when making this at home instead of buying it in the store and pay an arm and leg for commercial vanilla extract. Your kids will love watching the transformation and they get to try the home-made vanilla extract in your own recipes!
I made my first home-made vanilla extract on July 17th 2011 and I still have a few ounces left (it is April 14th, 2013). And believe me, I use it quite often in baked goods, smoothies and other meal ideas.
And did you know that vanilla aids digestion and appetite?
Anna Simpson is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. She is the owner of a nutritional consulting business, Well Beyond Nutrition – Nutritional Therapy with Healing Foods. Anna is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
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