If you have friends or family who love to bake then this would make the perfect gift for the holiday.  I love to bake and I love to use premium vanilla extract in my dishes.  As I was wasting time on the internet one day I came across a recipe for homemade vanilla extract.  So I thought what the heck.  I'll try it out.  So here is how you make homemade vanilla extract.

Keep in mind the vanilla beans are super expensive.  Your best bet is to by them in bulk online.  It cost $20 just to buy 4 beans in the spice aisle at Walmart.  You can find them here and here for much cheaper.

I got this bottle at Hobby Lobby but you can make smaller batches buy using 4 oz apothecary bottles which you can find here.  When using the small jars just use 2 beans, cut vertically, then in half.

Keep it in a dark cold place for 12 weeks and shake it about every three weeks.

TSM Amarillo
TSM Amarillo

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