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DIY Vanilla Extract

DIY Vanilla Extract

diy vanilla extract – day 1 of 2 months

I found a recipe for DIY vanilla extract last year and LOVED the idea of a much less expensive version of the vanilla extract I buy in stores. The ingredients are pretty inexpensive, vodka {the cheap stuff is just fine} and vanilla beans. The reusable bottle also saves money and waste over time.

I made this DIY vanilla extract for my “expert baker” mother-in-law as a stocking stuffer last Christmas because it makes such an interesting gift, and so that she could let me know if it compares to the real deal. I picked up a glass swing bottle and vanilla beans, split the beans vertically down the middle with a knife slicing only one side, added 3 beans per 8 ounces of vodka, closed the container tightly, and stored it in a cool dark place for 2 months giving it a shake on occasion.

My mother-in-law has baked with it several times and assures me that it’s just as good as the expensive vanilla we buy in stores. With her stamp of approval, I finally made a bottle of my own {I wasn’t wasting vodka until this recipe had been tested and approved lol}. Since they take 2 months to process, I’m going to make a couple more bottles so that I always have one ready in rotation when I’m close to running out.

To keep up with the “ready by date” for my homemade vanilla extract, I searched Pinterest for printable labels and just happen to find a vanilla label!!!

Printable Vanilla Labels

I am beyond excited about these labels! I downloaded the .jpg, opened it up in Photoshop, whited out the last two lines and added in my name with a handwriting font! I wrote in the date with a sharpie so that I can print out an entire sheet of labels {6 per page on Avery 8165 label sheets} and just add the date as I make each bottle. The scale of the labels fit perfectly on my 12 and 18 ounce swing bottles; although I think it looks best on the 18 ounce bottle!

Vanilla Extract Labels

This DIY vanilla extract will make the perfect stocking stuffer, or part of a baking set, for all of your cookie and cake baking friends on your Christmas list.

diy vanilla extract recipe – use real butter, vanilla extract labels – the graphics fairy

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Your Thoughts?

  • Ashley

    Wow, im definitely going to try this! i love all of your foodie posts! :)

    • jennifer

      thanks so much ashley. im so happy to hear that. i hope you’ll let me know how it turns out. have a great weekend!

  • How cool. I never knew it was that easy!

    • jennifer

      easy, inexpensive, and just as good as store bought :) i just updated the post to include some label ideas. have u ever made your own labels? im making an odd size, so im thinking sticker paper and then cut out the image? i just hope sticker paper is the same quality as labels, in terms of stickiness and ease of removal from the glass.

      • I saw your tweet about the sticker paper, I wondered what you were up to haha. I haven’t used it before so I can’t give any feedback. Let us know what you find out!

        • Ok, I just saw the label examples….those are SO cute!!

  • The labels look amazing! Nice job!!

    • jennifer

      thank you so much. it’s fun to know how to make my own labels now :)

  • Ashley

    Hi jen, it’s been a while but I’m finally going to do it! Does it matter what kind of beans used? Planifolia.. Madagascar?

    • jennifer

      heeey ashley, how are you? you know, i don’t think it matters what kind you use. i just go for the most affordable. i used columbian and madagascar, and both batches turned out great! let me know how it goes.

      • Ashley

        I’m doing well, thanks! I’ll be sure to let you know, I’m so excited! This would definitely save hundreds of dollars over time

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