It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to share this wonderful idea of making homemade vanilla! Is it possible that we can save money making vanilla again?
I did the math! I secured a discount! It’s possible! During this time when people are looking for ways to cut back and save money (and even make money) – I am so happy to share this idea again!
Laura’s Vanilla Bean and Homemade Vanilla Extract History
Way back in 2009, I discovered how wonderful it is to make homemade vanilla extract. The positives:
- It is completely pure
- It saved lots of money
- It is beyond delicious
- We could use half the amount of vanilla called for in recipes because this homemade vanilla is so strong, which results in even more money savings!
Many of you jumped on the Homemade Vanilla Extract train. It was so much fun!
Then a few years ago, there was a crop failure and the price of vanilla beans went through the roof. No longer was I able to share that we should all make vanilla. :( I kept waiting and waiting for the prices to finally go down. But year after year, the prices of vanilla beans have remained crazy high.
This, of course, has affected the price of pre-made vanilla extract at the store. I’ve watched those prices creep up through the years, too. Such a bummer!
But what if here in 2020 we can now make vanilla extract affordable again!!!
How to make homemade vanilla extract affordable
I have always purchased my vanilla beans online from Olive Nation. They consistently offer the best price for the highest quality. And because they like working with us here, they offer all Heavenly Homemakers readers a 20% off discount code (HOME)! Plus they offer free shipping on orders over $50!
I’ve checked their site for the past few years to see how the vanilla bean prices are doing. Ouch. They’ve been so high! And I’ve known that if they are high at Olive Nation, they are higher from other places. So I’ve waited.
This week I saw that one of their varieties of beans is LOWER again!!! (Plus they give us a 20% off discount when we use the code HOME at checkout.)
Of course, the price is higher than it was when I started making vanilla in 2009. But seeing as the price of almost everything is higher than it was in 2009, I can be okay with that. Especially since the price I found for beans today is finally making it a possibility for us all to make Homemade Vanilla Extract again!!
Take note: Your initial look at the current vanilla bean pricetag may shock you still. Vanilla beans aren’t cheap!! But that’s why I did a complete price breakdown for us so we can see that when it’s all said and done, our Homemade Vanilla Extract can be made for HALF of what we can purchase it for at the store!!
To make 1/2 gallon of Homemade Vanilla Extract you need:
- 25 vanilla beans = $54 after coupon code HOME
- Shipping = FREE on orders over $50
- 1.75 liter bottle of vodka = Approximately $11
Total cost for 1/2 gallon of Homemade Vanilla Extract = Approximately $65
This breaks down to $1.02/ounces which makes 4-ounces of vanilla cost $4.08!
Compare this to the cost of lesser quality, but still good vanilla purchased elsewhere:
- $15.77 for 4-ounces of Flavorganics brand at Azure Standard
- $8.98 for 2-ounces of McCormick brand at Walmart (I couldn’t find a 4-ounce price to compare, but look at the huge savings compared to the 2-ounce price!)
You can save your beans after you make a batch of vanilla and reuse them to make a second batch!!
I put my used beans into a lesser amount of vodka to get more bang for my buck. So for instance, for the first round, I use 25 beans in 1.75 liters of vodka. Then for the second round, I use the same 25 beans soaked in half that amount of vodka (.88 liters). The result is still amazing and I just spent a few dollars for a quart of great vanilla extract!
How to Make Vanilla Extract
- 1.75 liters of inexpensive vodka
- 25 Vanilla Beans enter code HOME for a 20% discount on Vanilla Beans through Olive Nation!!
- Slice through each bean lengthwise, leaving about one inch at the top of each bean uncut so that it stays together.
- Place all of your cut Vanilla Beans into a half-gallon jar.
- Fill the jar with vodka.
- Secure the lid and put the jar in a dark place (like in the back of a cabinet).
- Allow it to sit and "extract" for 4-6 months.
- Every few weeks during extracting time, shake the jar to mix it up a bit.
This vanilla extract is so strong that you can use 1/2 the amount called for in recipes to save yourself even more money. :)
Your Homemade Vanilla Extract is wonderful for your own use and to give as gifts!