There’s nothing like talking about Christmas while we’re dripping sweat off our foreheads this summer. The only reason I bring it up in July is that many have been asking about the specifics of making Homemade Vanilla Extract for Christmas gifts. Now’s the time to get this project going if you’re planning to put it under the tree or in stockings in December. Just think – if you get this going now, your busy holiday time preparations will be just a little bit easier! It takes 4-6 months to make strong, flavorful vanilla extract. Therefore, beginning anywhere from May to August is ideal if you want your vanilla to be ready by Christmas.
How to Make Vanilla Extract
I have a detailed post showing you how to cut your vanilla beans and how to get your vanilla extraction process going. You will not believe how easy it is to make homemade vanilla!
Where to Buy Vanilla Beans
I have tried vanilla beans through the years at a few different places, but none of them compare to Olive Nation. Their quality and price is the best, hands down. When we contacted Olive Nation about promoting them here at Heavenly Homemakers, they were quick to give all of you an ongoing 15% discount (when you use the code home at checkout and click through this link). Plus, they always offer free shipping on vanilla beans.
How to Finish Your Vanilla Extract
After 4-6 months, you’ll simply strain the vanilla beans and bottle your deliciously wonderful liquid gold. Here are the details about how to finish your vanilla extract.
Where to Buy Bottles for Vanilla
I’ve searched many websites for good prices on dark colored bottles for my finished vanilla extract. When I add in shipping costs, the best price I’ve found has been through Mountain Rose Herbs. Here are more details about where to buy bottles for vanilla. You may be able to find a better price locally, but since I live in a small town with no dark bottle options, I have found it’s best for me to order online.
Fun Labels for Your Vanilla Bottles
You can print your own labels to decorate your vanilla bottles when giving them as gifts, or you can have my friend Char custom design some for you. I love her work!
What have been your homemade vanilla experiences? Have you gifted it to others?