Make your own vanilla extract

Homemade is often cheaper and better quality than shop bought – it’s one of the reasons why I am a massive advocate of cooking from scratch!

This is one of my favourite kitchen hacks: homemade vanilla extract.

Vanilla extract is made from just 2 ingredients: vodka and vanilla beans – the cost to make 250ml is about £10 which is significantly cheaper than buying a good quality one from the supermarket.

So how do you make it?

  1. Split 5 vanilla pods lengthways
  2. Immerse them in a bottle containing 225ml of vodka
  3. Put on the lid and give it a good shake
  4. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight (I suggest a cupboard).
  5. Shake once a week
  6. For the best flavour, leave for 6+ months
  7. When you are ready to use, either remove the beans or top up with a little vodka after each use (you want the beans to stay submerged in the liquid)
  8. After 1 year of frequent use and refilling, you will you find the flavour becomes less intense. Simply remove the old beans, add fresh beans, shake, and continue to use/refill

A great kitchen hack that means you’ll always have good quality vanilla extract in your store cupboard!

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