Did you know that you could make your own vanilla extract?
I noticed a few people around the blogosphere making them around Christmas time as gifts and I had big plans to do the same, but I only ended up making one - a gift for myself.
DIY VANILLA EXTRACT
Fill a small jar with unflavoured vodka and pop in a couple of vanilla pods. You might like to cut the vanilla pods in half lengthways first to let the goodness out. Pop the lid back on and let it brew for a 3-4 months.
The beauty of this method is that when the jar is running a little low, you simply add some more vodka! A bottomless jar of vanilla!
I made this bottle back in December and it's ready to use now. The smell is divine. If truth be known, I probably went overboard with vanilla pods
They would make a great little gift by adding this little free printable from the Graphics Fairy* of a vintage vanilla extract label.
Have you made vanilla extract before?
What is your favourite use for vanilla extract?
Mine is adding it to cream and piling it on a bowl full of strawberries. Yum!
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*If you are a fan of vintage graphics - you will find this site to be your mecca!
P.S. I have seen many, many tutorials online for making your own vanilla extract and brandy & rum can also be used. Here is a more detailed tutorial should you need it.