homemade vanilla extract

I can't remember where I initially saw this on the internets, but as soon as I did I knew I'd be giving it a crack. I followed a recipe over at Chocolate and Zucchini, but I did 500ml of white rum and about 6 beans. The one pictured on the left I made for us in December last year and it'll be ready mid February, the right hand one is a gift for a friend's birthday and it'll be ready to use in March.

To purchase the vanilla beans I sceptically went to ebay Australia and guess what, yep I got over 30 nice juicy fat beans for about $30 including postage, which in my books is excellent. 

The beauty of making the extract is that you can top it up over time with more alcohol and refresh the beans.

EDIT: The lovely graphic I've used on my label came from Twig and Thistle's Valentine goodie bag freebie.


8 thoughts on “homemade vanilla extract

  1. Kiara Jones says:

    I have a great idea that would go well with this recipe. TY KU has this great cocktail set that is designed to make low calorie cocktails for you and your lady who will appreciate the low calorie aspect of this gift! It comes with a custom glass shaker as well as their delicios TY KU liqueur which goes well with tons of different recipes! They also have a Soju that would go really well with this vanilla extract so try it out and let me know how it goes!


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