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#1 TammyWright

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:50 AM

I made some homemade vanilla extract for the holidays and I thought it would make a GREAT AHR gift.  Especially since places like Mexico, Tahiti, Madagascar are known for having GREAT vanilla beans.

 

It takes just a few minutes to make each bottle and the cost is about $3 a bottle but the same size bottle in the stores is like $12!

 

For the links on where to buy the stuff: vanilla_extract_ING.jpg

 

 

1. Take a vanilla bean, cut it in half.
 
2. Then cut each half lengthwise
 
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3. Put the 4 pieces in your bottle, then with a funnel, add the vodka to the curved line in the bottle.
 
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4. Screw on top and repeat with the rest of the bottles and vanilla beans.

 

5. Store in a dark, cool place.  We put them back in the box the bottles came in and put them in the pantry.

 

This is what the bottles look like after the 1st day.

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This is what they look like 2 weeks after I made it.  The mixture will continue to get darker.  You should wait 2 months before using to get a fuller, vanilla flavor.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 09:12 AM

tammy this is such an awesome idea! id love to do this for christmas gifts!

 

did you create your own labels?  where did you get the right size?

 

ETA: nevermind, i just saw the link on your blog! perfecto :)

 

PS- i Pinned it on Pinterest! :)



#3 TammyWright

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 09:51 AM

Abbe, It is so easy to do.  It does take some time to mature but you can always let your friends know to wait a bit to use.

 

It is great because they can just add more vodka to make more vanilla extract.

 

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#4 bondgirl0072010

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    Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:24 PM

    This is such a cute idea!



    #5 jenn jenn

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      #6 Julietisurs

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        Posted 28 December 2011 - 05:46 AM

        This is a really great idea! Thanks for sharing.



        #7 leungbobe

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          Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:35 AM

          This is very cool~~



          #8 Smitten

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            Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:57 AM

            Great Idea!!!



            #9 MissBubbles205

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              Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:56 PM

              Love this!!  Thanks for sharing Tammy!



              #10 toribelle31

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                Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:05 PM

                This is so cool!  I was thinking of just buying the vanilla in Mexico and pouring into mini bottles.  BTW, anyone know where to find the mini bottles?  I'm having a hard time... I wanted 50 mL amber plastic bottles, but maybe with this recipe you could do clear bottles so you can see the vanilla.  Any help is appreciated!






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