December 20

I make my own vanilla.

Many people ask me how to make vanilla, so I thought I’d show and tell.

It is so simple and easy. Takes all of 1-2 minutes.

First you need to make sure that you have all your ingredients. 1 quart blue ball canning jar, 2 vanilla beans and (don’t look ma) Vodka or Rum. Vodka is what I have on hand at the moment.

Slit your beans, but not all the way through.

Drop them in your jar.

I put my home made vanilla in my blue ball jars. Why? I have no clue. I just like the way they look. They look antiquey, and old fashioned, and it makes me feel old fashioned and antiquey, and kind of pioneery.

Fill ‘er up.

Put this jar in a dark cabinet for 6 weeks to forever. The longer it steeps, the better the flavor. I always have 2 jars going. That way, the new jar is steeping while we are using the old stuff, the good stuff, the antiquey, pioneery, old fashioned that is way better than store bought stuff.

Why is the Rum always gone?

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18 thoughts on “December 20”

  1. I can promise you that I am not the swiper of the rum. I had a bad experience once. That was enough.
    I made vanilla once (using vodka) and it was much better than store bought fakey stuff.
    I like the blue jar too.

  2. Tanya, how would you use this in a recipe? Say, if a recipe called for 1 tsp. vanilla extract; would you use 1 tsp of your homemade brew? Does the vodka change the flavor of what you’re making? I would think rum definitely would. Hmmmmm…could you use grain alcohol? (Given the history a certain family member of mine has with vodka, I don’t particularly care for its smell. ๐Ÿ™„ )

    OK…that’s all my questions for now. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Yep, you use it just like the recipe calls for. Only because I love vanilla, I tend to use a bit more. ๐Ÿ˜ณ The reason why you use Vodka or light Rum is because they are almost tasteless, and it allows the vanilla flavor to take over. I wouldn’t use any other alcohol.

  3. I still can’t find cheap vanilla beans. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The cost of organic beans is beyond what I can pay. I want to try this so bad……

    I paid $4.99 for those vanilla beans and I got a great bargain on them.

  4. Like Applie, I have been wanting to try this as well. I am wondering where do I find the vanilla beans? No problem finding the vodka or rum as there are plenty of liquor stores to chose from. ๐Ÿ™„ I know that I’m looking in all the wrong places for these beans because I’ve never seen them.


    I get mine at an Amish bulk food store. I know that you can get them online, but they are insane expensive.

  5. I have found the vanilla bean at most of the bigger grocery stores in the spice section. But it will probably cost you….I paid $14 for vanilla bean and there were only two in the jar. That was the cheapest I could find.

  6. Which is better? The vodka or the rum? I have never thought of making vanilla before. I bet it is so much better than the imitation stuff we normally get. I am going to try this!

    Vodka is really the best. Vodka is virtually tasteless, so it really brings the flavor of the vanilla out.

  7. Do you leave the beans in and continue using it once it’s done?

    The rum is always gone but what’s up with the really bad eggs? I never did get that part. Yo Ho!

    I leave the beans in the entire time I am using the vanilla. When the vanilla is gone, I generally stick the 2 used sticks into the new bottle with 2 new beans.

  8. Well,sounds like something I might want to try. Does the Vodka have to be diluted?

    No diluting necessary. You should try it Aunt. I love you. How is my frozen fudge?

  9. WOW ! Im so impressed , Im going to have to try this ! Now, does the alcohol taste come out when you bake with it ? Like, I make a lot of cookies and I dont want my kids acting weird after eating Mom’s cookies !!

    Thanks again, I love your blog !

    Merry Christmas ,

    No alcohol taste at all. If you look at your bottle of vanilla, you will see that it has alcohol in it, even the imitation vanilla has alcohol.

  10. I’ll check out the grocery store next time I’m in there, I was just at one last night and forgot to look. ๐Ÿ™„ I have to go to another today – I want to get a turkey for someone at church, they’ve been helping another family when they themselves are struggling to make ends meet.

  11. Oh I make homemade vanilla, too. I usually keep it in an empty liquor bottle. LOL! It’s quite a savings and you must really find it so with all the baking that you do!

  12. I just had to come and post again here. I’ve been looking around for vanilla beans and finally found them at Fred Meyer – $23 for 2 beans!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    I may just have to send you some money to buy me some and send them up the next time you go on one of your Amish trips to get yours.

    I really want to try my hand at this but I just can’t see paying $23 until I’ve at least tried the homemade vanilla first.

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