My recent shopping trip to pick up some baking supplies got me to thinking

I know that imitation vanilla is really just a bunch of gross chemicals manufactured to taste like actual vanilla.

Real vanilla is pricey, and for someone who bakes as much as I do, it’s enough to put you in the poorhouse.

I looked back and forth between the organic vanilla extract and the organic vanilla beans and thought:

Hold the phone, I can extract that vanilla goodness myself!!

Making vanilla extract at home is incredibly easy and can actually save you some money at the grocery store. Why keep buying imitation vanilla when the real stuff is so much better?

Vanilla beans at our store are $6 for two. A four ounce bottle of good vanilla extract is almost $10.  I quickly realized I could save some money by making this myself, and have a little fun while I’m at it!

When I returned home from my grocery shopping extravaganza hours later, I set to making my extract.  The process took about 5-10 minutes, but then I read I had to let it sit for 2 months before I could use it.

Back to the grocery to buy some extract! I can’t wait two months to bake cookies.  That’s insane.

Here’s the steps all graphically laid out for you so learn how to make vanilla extract too! Just don’t make the same mistake as I did and remember to make yourself some extract approximately two months before you’re going to run out.

Step 1: Go to the store and buy 2-3 vanilla beans in this nifty little glass canister. You can also order vanilla beans on Amazon here. Struggle way too hard to open the cap without letting the beans come flying out at a velocity only seen in space.  Fail miserably.

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Step 2: Utilize five second rule, scoop up beans off the floor, blow off dust and hairs, and place them on the ultra cool robot cutting board your pops made for you.

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Step 3: Use a sharp knife to cut the beans in half and then down the stem, so they look like a pair of shiny, smelly trousers for a very skinny two inch tall human.

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Step 4: Place the tiny pants in a classic vintage jar that has a tight fitting lid. Or if you only have lame, new glass ware, I suppose that would work as well.

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Step 5: Open up your most favorite plain flavorless vodka.  Take a few swigs to ensure it’s not poisonous.

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Step 6: Measure out a cup of said vodka, set aside.  Measure out another cup of vodka and pour it over those beansers.

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Step 7:  Twist that cap onto the top of the jar and stash it in the cupboard.  Let it sit for at least two months, shaking it up on occasion.  Pat yourself on the back and admire your handiwork.  Remember that glass of vodka you set aside in the last step? Use it to reward yourself for all of your hard work.  Making vanilla sure is tiring, but reaping the rewards is well worth the effort.

Happy Trails

-Meredith

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