It only take two ingredients to make homemade vanilla extract. It's so easy! You'll never go back to store-bought vanilla extract after making this recipe.
You can even find a fun cute bottle to reuse just like the one pictured here. Or you can use the rum bottle and add in the vanilla beans!
1/2 cup rum
3 vanilla beans
Other things you'll need
Liquid measuring cup
Vanilla beans are easier to find that you think. If you prep ahead of time you can order them online. But you can find them in William Sonoma or Harmons here in Utah.
The first thing you do is measure out the rum into a cup. Then take the vanilla beans and make a cut right down the middle as straight as possible. take your knife and scrape out the vanilla beans in one long scoop. Put the beans in the cup with the rum.
Pour out the mixture into a bowl. Using your hands, scrape out any leftover beans in the vanilla pods.
Pour the mixture into your storage container and add in the vanilla beans at the end. It will give the vanilla more flavor!
You'll want to let the ingredients sit together for at the very least a month, but it's best to let sit for 3 months before you start using it. Great news, it can last forever! It will never expire.
Here is a side by side comparison of what your mixture will look like right after you put it together and what it'll look like after 3 months. You can see how much darker the mixture needs to get! Now take a break, put it in your panty, and enjoy some delicious chocolate chip cookies with your homemade vanilla in 3 months!
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