Since my interest in baking is reignited this holiday season, I am reminded of my homemade vanilla extract which I kept forgetting to write about. The bottle you see above is 3 years old! Homemade vanilla extract is unbeatable in terms of both price and quality. And it is so easy to put together, it is a pity not to make your own if you love baking. All you need is a glass bottle, vanilla pods, vodka and some time … and you will be rewarded with a never-ending supply of good quality vanilla extract. It will never run out because you can simply top up with more pods and vodka as you use it. Homemade vanilla extract makes a great hand-made gift for the holiday season (you can put together a diy starter kit, or give a bottle with a tag to indicate the estimated ready date).
Homemade vanilla extract is unbeatable in terms of both price and quality. It will never run out because you can simply top up with more pods and vodka as you use it: a never-ending supply!
Serves:1 glass bottle
Prep Time:10 mins
12 vanilla pods
400 ml vodka
500 ml tall glass bottle with tight-fitting lid
Make a slit along the middle length of the pod to expose the seeds, while still keeping the entire pod intact.
Add pods into the glass bottle and using a funnel, pour vodka to fill the bottle. Cap the bottle (I am using a wine stopper above).
Shake the bottle now and then. Wait – your homemade vanilla extract will be ready in about 3 to 6 months’ time.
Top up with more pods and vodka as you use, in this way, you will have a never-ending supply! my bottle is now about 3 years old!
Noob Cook Tips
For best results, use a tall narrow bottle so that the extract will be more concentrated.
In case you are wondering, I bought my vanilla pods from eBay (this is not an affliate link) - the beans are high quality and much cheaper than in SG, even after shipping charges. In Singapore, you can buy them from gourmet supermarkets and Phoon Huat.
Be patient and give your home-made vanilla extract time for the flavour to set in. Top up with more vanilla pods to improve the flavour.