There is something about homemade that is extremely satisfying. To begin with, you know exactly the ingredients and it always tastes better than the store-bought version.
Well, today you will be able to add this Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe to your collection and you will be thrilled with how delicious it tastes and how it will save you money.
You might not realize but Vanilla Extract has many household and health benefits too. It’s great for lifting odors and cleaning appliances like your microwave and fridge and here’s 6 top health benefits of Vanilla Extract according to Dr Axe.
You will notice that it has been found to be a Cholesterol Stabilizer and it is also a common folk remedy when it comes to reducing fever naturally. It’s also a great mental health booster, filled with antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
When it comes to making your very own Vanilla Extract at home, you only need Vanilla Beans and alcohol.
You will also need an 8oz bottle for the Dr Axe Recipe above. There are some further ways to achieve different variations that we are including below that will result in different strengths.
As you can see by the chart above from Odds and Evans you can vary the strength of your Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe by changing the base alcohol. Vodka is the most frequently used base and gives a neutral pure flavor.
At the other end of the scale, they suggest that Brandy is heavier and will give you a distinctly unique result. Why not play around with different variations and see what you come up with!
Once you have made your Vanilla Extract, you are going to want some pretty labels, bottles and even tags to pop around the neck of your bottles especially if you plan on giving them as gifts.
Did you know that you ou can even relieve minor burns and repel bugs with Vanilla Extract. Another very popular idea is to add a couple of drops to the top of your lightbulbs.
The heat activates the Vanilla Extract and results in a delicious vanilla scented waft through your home. If you are planning on painting your house, the smell can be overpowering.
Mix one Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract (per gallon) into your paint and it will neutralize the smell. It won’t affect the paint color but it will mask that toxic smell and fill your home with Vanilla goodness.
How To Make Homemade Extracts Video
When it comes to making your own you are going to need Vanilla Beans and you will be using Vodka in the recipe too.
This recipe according to the Gemma of Gemma’s Bold Baking requires patience. It can take around 6-8 weeks to properly steep so you need to make it ahead of time as you can’t use it straight away. Click Play above to view ^
Here’s another idea that we simply had to include for you. We love these beautiful Extracts that have been created by Blogger, Kirbie’s Cravings. You will find Mint, Spearmint and Vanilla Recipes on her blog and we love the way they are presented with the cute little chalk paint labels and the fresh herbs in the bottle.