Are you in the middle of making a batch of homemade vanilla extract? If so…might I remind you to get your jar down out of the dark cupboard where it is hiding and give it a shake?
I always seem to forget to shake my vanilla during the months it is extracting. My husband reminded me this week that it is time for a “Vanilla Shake”. I thought maybe he was going to take me out for ice cream…but nope. It was really just time to get down our jars of “vanilla in the making” and boogy down.
And so we did.
So, how about it? Wanna join us for a Vanilla Shake?! :)
[email protected] says
Okay – wow. I’m jealous of that HUGE jar. We did a batch last year and gave away most of it for Christmas presents. I need to buy more vodka as we still have a ton of beans left, I just haven’t done it, yet, but seeing that huge jar’s worth…wow.
Thanks for this one! Imhad no idea I needed to shake it! It’s about half-way done and I can’t wait until April. I keep running out of store bought stuff!
i need to stop at the liquor store and order some beans so i can make my own. i want to so badly!!!
Will you be selling it again? I’m interested!
Yes, we have several jars going now so that we will be able to offer it for sale in a few months for those not interested in making their own!
Ohh I am looking forward to that! I am not quite old enough to buy my
own vodka (20) so I would love to purchase some! I go through enough
I am sure I can convince my husband to buy me some! I just got him to
order from Azure with me!!! =]
Danielle B says
I really thought this was going to be a recipe for a vanilla milkshake, or something related (like chocolate) lol.
Me too! i was getting excited..i could use it about now!
I KNOW. That was almost mean of me, wasn’t it. Now we’re all hungry for vanilla (or chocolate) shakes). :)
Danielle B says
Oh well… I guess we’ll all have to have milkshakes for dinner, or erm dessert.
Totally off topic, but really like the yellow sweater!
Thank you!! It’s my favorite sweater (found on clearance after Christmas this year!). It makes me feel like the sun is shining…right in the middle of winter when it ISN’T shining! :)
Laura, I’ve just spent the past 2 days reading everything I can on your website. I heard about you from another “coupon lady” and am so thankful to have found you. We have so much in common from both having 4 boys to homeschooling to Pepsi-drinkers (unfortunately you are a recovered addict, I am not yet:)
Been doing the healthy eating thing for years. Just recently (past couple of months) I have been introduced to the coupon thing, which why your site caught my eye. I’m loving the great deals, but I’m not loving the sacrifice of the quality of food.
After reading through most of your site I was wondering if you’d ever put together a basic staples list. Is that what the grocery list link is? I haven’t checked that out yet.
I just cut my grocery budget down from $600 to $500, but now I’m wondering how in the world you do it. I think I need to find a co-op in this area.
Anyway, thanks soooooo much for your openness on this site. Love it!!! I’m sitting here eating my 3 Cheese Garlic Chicken as I type, in awe at how great the noodles cooked up in milk! Thanks!!!!!!
I don’t have a basic staples list…I should do that sometime. That would probably be very helpful for my readers, huh?
Mine is in the pantry, so I shake it fairly frequently when I see it. However, mine is DARK brown. Maybe I used different vanilla beans? I’m confused about some people like Wardeh says it only takes a month, and you say 3-6 months. Do you reuse the beans to make more and keep it going like Wardeh does??
The picture made mine look light, but mine really is quite dark too. Not sure why there is a difference in some people saying that you need a shorter or longer extracting time. I’ve been confused about that too. I think the longer you leave your beans in the vodka (as I recommend) the stronger your vanilla. You’ll get a double strength vanilla this way, whereas if you leave your beans for only a month or so, you’ll need to use more of it to get enough flavor.
I have made mine for about 10 years now and do it a bit different
for my every day use. I learned from a friend to use a tupperware
container w/ a pour spout. I put 2 pods and a touch of vanilla and
topped it off with dark rum. The touch of vanilla is to just get
it started. I’ve only done that once. As my jar gets low I add more
rum and just leave the vanilla beans in it. I have replaced them
one time a couple years ago but they don’t seem to “go” bad. I have
never made a huge batch to give as gifts but have given the supplies
for friends to start their own bottle.
Is there a way to make vanilla without using alcohol? My husband has been sober for two years. I would hate to monkey that up.
Danielle B says
No idea on how to make it AF. But I wanted to say a congrats to your hubby!
I don’t know how to make it without alcohol, but I do know that Olive Nation (the place I mention in my “How to make vanilla” post) offers an alcohol free vanilla. They offer my readers a discount on any products if you use the code HHM2011. Click through to the “How to make vanilla” post to learn more info on that!
AND…absolutely…a big congrats goes to your hubby! And to you for your great support to him!
I would think you could maybe try to make vanilla extract without alcohol using vegetable glycerin.
I would just try a small amount like half a cup glycerin and half a cup water with the vanilla beans. YYou can make herbal extracts for kids with glycerin so I don’t see why you couldn’t make vanilla this way.
[email protected] says
Will try it…thanks everyone! God Bless!
And here I thought you were tempting me after just listening to your podcast on losing weight…
Why thank you danielle, I will pass it on!
Cori Walkden says
I laughed when I saw this because I shook mine this weekend. I have it on my calendar to remind me monthly! Can’t wait to use it and give it away =)
hi laura…….thanks to you, i DO have some vanilla in the making! i’m almost out of my very expensive organic store bought, so i can’t wait to use my own in the next month or so. thank you SO MUCH for showing us all how to make our own. and it’s so easy. i’m forever grateful to you!!
Jenny Watson says
One of my favorite blog posts ever.
I love how practical and thoughtful you are.
Beth the mama bee says
My brother just moved to the US from Mexico and keeps us all stocked with huge bottles of Mexican vanilla. I can’t wait to run out so I can make my own.
I actually just left all the beans in and pour off what I need from my big vodka jar:) I was thinking when it got low, I’d just add more vodka and keep using the same beans–do I need to throw them out and start fresh??
YOu can reuse them, they just won’t be as potent, so you’ll need more vanilla beans per batch the second time around.
[email protected] says
Just ordered me some vanilla beans. Headed to the ABC store to get some vodka. One question–How long will the vanilla last once you transfer it to smaller bottles? I would like to give these away as Christmas presents, but just wondering if it’s to early to start making the vanilla now. Love your blog!!
Vanilla will last for years!!! They’ll be great as Christmas presents, and you’re definitely not starting too early. You’ll be ahead of the game at Christmas time…way to go!
Sunny C. says
Hello All. Does anyone know of an inexpensive resource for Vanilla Beans? Where I live they are rather pricey and I have looked online, and I have not seen any better prices there, either!
I hope that someone can help me with this, as I have always wished to make some homemade Vanilla!!
Sunny C. :-)
Here’s a post I wrote about the cost of vanilla beans: https://www.heavenlyhomemakers.com/are-vanilla-beans-expensive. That post also includes links and suggestions for where I recommend buying quality vanilla beans at a very reasonable price (they even gave Heavenly Homemakers readers a discount!!). Hope this helps! Vanilla beans do seem expensive, but purchasing them and making my own vanilla cuts my cost of vanilla extract in half!
I have a vanilla question. How long is too long for vanilla to be in your cupboard?
Vanilla will last for years and years!