Homemade Vanilla...


I don't know about you, but I love vanilla. 
Let's make some... 


Split 3-6 beans in half.
I did five.


Mason jars..


Split beans in mason jars...


Fill jar with vodka.
Now, I know some of you may have trouble parting with your vodka - after all, it 'tis the holidays.
But there is always rum, so just get over it.


And, if you need any more convincing to part with your vodka, look at the happy gift idea you can do with your homemade vanilla. 
Ahh, now I have your attention!
The vanilla needs to sit for about two months, and then, when it starts to run low, you just top it up with more vodka.
I'm keeping this one - so don't expect to see it under your tree.

21 comments:

Lolo said...

Love it! And I LOVE your sassiness ;)
How adorable is that topper on the jar!?

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Awesome! ~Cheers Kim

beautyharmonyandorder said...

Golly if you can't part with Vodka, try it with bourbon. Oh my,it smells sooo good and gives a great subtle taste. Never thought of it for a gift, but now that you mention it.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Gee, seems like I haven't stopped by in ages! Love the recipe for the vanilla! Can't wait to make some for gifts! Have a wonderful day!

Mary

Miranda said...

Cool! Thanks for the recipe. I love this idea. :)

mise said...

You definitely have my attention - I didn't know you could do this, and am already quite persuading myself to part with my vodka. Two months is a long wait, though; thank goodness for the rum to ease the weary passage of time.

Missing Goat said...

actually mise, I think if you really can't wait, a vanilla martini could be made! How bloody yum would that be!

Lady Grey said...

I'm so impressed! I've always wondered how this was done. What a treat!
oxo

country girl said...

Woohoo! Thanks for this one, Heather! Now I can stop bugging my mom about sending my vanilla extract from trader Joe's!

xoxo

p.s. you are just so darn tootin' cute.

Kellie Collis said...

Lovely recipe! I'm pretty sure the vodka's going to be worth it. Enjoy the glorious day, Kellie xx

Allison at Novice Life said...

Ohhh what a wonderful idea :) Thanks for sharing!

c and d said...

so beautiful! thanks for that. do more!! great inspiration and photos as always...

Vintage Home said...

...oh yeah good idea ....better than mine!.....all I make is vanilla sugar!

Diana said...

I don't know if this is a sad thing or a glorious thing, but I think I'd probably get more use out of vanilla vodka than vanilla extract.

sarah said...

oh wow, how lovely, I do it with sugar all the time!

Natasha said...

Your post is so cute, made me smile :) Great recipe, it's a keeper.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Hmmm~ I'm thinking christmas gifts here..
another friday's favorite for sure :-)

Anonymous said...

My family and I visited Zanzibar, one of the original spice islands off the coast of Africa, in May, and I visited a spice farm and bought lots of vanilla beans. In July, I filled a mason jar with several beans, topped it off with vodka, and put it inside a dark cabinet. Every now and then, whenever I thought about it, I took it out to give it a swirl. I ordered some 2 oz. amber apothecary jars, and now, after 4 1/2 months, I have the most divine-smelling vanilla extract to give as gifts. The beautiful thing is, you can continue to use the beans, simply add more vodka and let it sit. It's too late for this Christmas, but start now, and next Christmas, you'll be all set to go.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your too cute! That's all it takes to make vanilla...I'll have to try that.

Iniyaal said...

The place where I live is close to Vanilla farms... But I dont know this receipe :) Thanks for this post.. Btw, the topper on your jar is lovely.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am one of those who hate to part with their vodka.... sigh. Rum just isn't a good enough substitute for me.

What a grand idea, must keep that in mind.

How did the Feathered Nest go last weekend? I was working, sigh.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams