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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.
Hi Angela! The seeds contain a lot of flavor and are very, very small. They don’t need to be strained :)
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.
I’m sorry but I don’t know the answer to this, Kathy!
I looove homemade vanilla extract!
I still haven’t tried making my own vanilla but I definitely need to!
This is a great video, Kelly! How long is the shelf life of the extract once it’s made?
Store-bought pure vanilla extract has an indefinite shelf life (See this article: http://www.eatbydate.com/other/baking/how-long-does-vanilla-extract-last-shelf-life/) so I would guess this DIY version would be the same!
Vanilla extracts are great homemade holiday gift. Love the video, Kelly!
I have always wanted to make my own Vanilla! Now I HAVE too. So excited! :)
Love your videos and homemade vanilla is simply the best!!
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.
I want to make these for Christmas this year!
It makes the ultimate holiday gift, Angie! People are so impressed and don’t realize just how easy it really is :)
Love making my own vanilla. It’s so worth it!
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 : )
I’m right there with you, Abby! Couldn’t believe how easy it was!
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 :)
Um, I had NO idea vanilla extract was that simple! Homemade gifts = done and done for this year :)
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!