Video: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Holiday baking season is but a few weeks away, which gives you just enough time to start a big batch of homemade vanilla extract for the ultimate edible gift to give or get. Tune in to this week’s video to discover how two simple ingredients transform into a DIY version of this pantry staple.

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  1. I have a strange question for you. Do the little seeds float around the vodka? Do you have to strain it before use? I’ve never tried this before. Thanks.

  2. Does the homemade vanilla have a higher or lower alcohol content than store bought? Is is possible to heat it to burn off the alcohol, and still have a useful product left? Just wondering.

  3. I’ve been making my own vanilla extract for a couple years now, it is definitely the best! This is the perfect time to get them started for holiday gifts, I let the beans soak 8 to 10 weeks. I can’t go back to store bought vanilla extract.

    1. It makes the ultimate holiday gift, Angie! People are so impressed and don’t realize just how easy it really is :)

  4. I’ve been doing this exact thing for the past few months and LOVE it! It makes me wonder why I didn’t try it earlier : )

  5. I just vanilla beans last weekend for this purpose and it’s on my to-do list for tomorrow. You read my mind!! Thanks for the helpful video. I just need my vodka and mason jars :)

  6. Um, I had NO idea vanilla extract was that simple! Homemade gifts = done and done for this year :)

  7. Another fabulous and helpful vid, Kelly! As always, excellent tips. It is so true…homemade vanilla extract makes a wonderful gift from the kitchen during the holidays. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!