We are going to start a series on homemade Christmas gift ideas. This first one is one of our most popular recipes from our Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Here is our recipe for Homemade Vanilla Extract:
Homemade Vanilla Extract
2 vanilla beans cut lengthwise (but not in half)
3/4 cup vodka
Combine the ingredients in a 1 cup jar, set aside and let steep at least 3-4 weeks — the longer the better. As the vanilla is used, you can add more vodka. You can get 4-5 large bottles of vanilla out of 2 beans.
Check Amazon.com for inexpensive vanilla beans.
I found this great how to make your own vanilla here with some really cute bottles to bottle it.
For lots more easy scratch recipes like this, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook.
photo by: jenniferworthen