How To Make The Best Homemade Vanilla Extract

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Regular readers will know that we are huge Pinterest fans. Every visit, I find something new and different to inspire us; whether it be a craft project, recipe, an amazing up-cycling project or a beautiful holiday destination. It’s like the perfect, endless, glossy magazine full of amazing images. I am aware, of course, that some of these glorious images must have teams of designers behind them, and that not everything that we see on there has been thrown together on a kitchen table, in the way you and I might!

There are a few pins that I come across again and again, and each time a little voice in my head says ‘I wonder if that really works?’ Well, there is only one way to find out! Welcome to our series of Pin-Tested; where Craft Invaders try out crafty pins that inspire us, and find out how easy it is to recreate that pin at home.

 

Homemade Vanilla Extract is super easy to make. In this DIY tutorial we test out 3 different base alcohols and share which one we think is the best.

 

There are lots of pins on Pinterest for making home-made extracts, and each one recommends using a different base spirit. Since we couldn’t establish which one would give the best result, we decided to make 3 batches. Brandy, Irish Whiskey and Vodka.

How To Make The Best Homemade Vanilla Extract

The process itself is super simple.

Simply split or cut up some good quality Vanilla pods, and add to your spirit base, ensuring the pods are totally immersed in the spirit. We used Madagascan beans, which have what most of us would consider the traditional vanilla flavour.


Homemade Vanilla Extract is super easy to make. In this DIY tutorial we test out 3 different base alcohols and share which one we think is the best.

 

We used 3 large pods per jar, and approximately 100-150mls of spirit. Cut the pods into lengths that will sit easily within the spirit, place in a clean, glass jar, and pour the spirit over the top. Some recipes add a little water or sugar at this stage, but we didn’t.

 

Homemade Vanilla Extract is super easy to make. In this DIY tutorial we test out 3 different base alcohols and share which one we think is the best.

 

Pop the jars in a dark, cool cupboard, taking them out a couple of times a month (or whenever you remember) and give them a shake. The general consensus is that you need to leave it to steep for 4-6 months. We have just started using ours and it’s about 5 months old.

We are really pleased with our results. Our homemade Vanilla extract  has a lovely concentrated vanilla flavour. We are keeping ours in the jars we made it in, with the vanilla pods, so it can continue to mature. And as for the one we like best? We had a family vote, and we all agree that the Brandy base smells and tastes the nicest, so that’s the one we would recommend!

If you have enjoyed this Pin-tested Post, why not check out our Pin-Tested! Bleaching Pine Cones and our Pin-Tested! Homemade Firelighters Posts.


Homemade Vanilla Extract is super easy to make. In this DIY tutorial we test out 3 different base alcohols and share which one we think is the best.

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Kelly September 21, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Hi….just found this. What brand of brandy did you use, please?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 24, 2019 - 9:18 am

I just use a supermarket own brand Kelly. I tend to buy my spirits for infusions from Aldi 🙂

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