DIPLO DIY: Never-ending Vanilla Extract

Quick post to let you know that I finally started on my own Neverending Vanilla Extract. I found the DIY instructions on The Hungry Mouse via (what else?!?) PINTEREST!

Doing this project was in response to the crazy prices of pure vanilla extract here! You can get cheap imitations of vanilla flavor, but who wants that right?! And it was so easy! I just needed a few vanilla beans, a bottle that could fit em in and vodka to cover! I never imagined it could be so easy.
That there is the picture of the beginning of my Neverending Vanilla Extract! Oh, and I made sure to tag it with the date today using my handy DYMO labeler so I know when it’s about ready for use in about 6-8 weeks.  I don’t know how it will end, but I’ll be sure to update you!

For step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Neverending Vanilla Extract, complete with tons of pictures (just the way I like it!) click here or on the picture below!

P.S.

It’s called “neverending” because, according the The Hungry Mouse, it will last you years! Whoa. I don’t know how true that is, but the cost savings alone makes it worth a try!

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Lovely comments

  1. says

    WHAT! This is the simplest way to solve my needs of vanilla extract baking needs without spending so much money on the ridiculously inflated price, expensive vanilla beans that are exported from indonesia! Thank you, thank you!

  2. Robyn says

    Another way it is never ending is that you can add vodka as you decant the extract into smaller bottles. I have a vodka bottle with about eight beans. (Found a screaming deal on beans.)
    Having a partner who has friends who like top shelf liquor means I occasionally get really cool bottles: glass skulls, blown glass with cork stoppers, etc.
    So the vodka bottle, all ugly and cheap looking hides in the back of the cabinet, steeping lovely vanilla power bombs. That’s where the beans soak. A cork topper bottle is on a more accessible shelf, same cabinet, and has extract without whole beans. I’ve never been so picky as to strain the tiny bits out. A small, 2 oz bottle sits with the tea supplies on the counter.
    Each time I fill the middle bottle, I add fresh vodka to the hidden bottle.

    I’ve filled that about six times. Same beans. Still rich, intense flavor in the extract.

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