For the bakers in your life, what could be more appreciated than a bottle of homemade vanilla extract?

Vanilla Extract

For the bakers in your life, what could more appreciated than a bottle of homemade vanilla extract? Fragrant fresh vanilla bean pods are split, then steeped in vegetable glycerin for 6 weeks. Clear or deeply colored bottles in interesting shapes make this a one-of-a-kind gift.

Download: Vanilla Bottle Label

Makes 1 bottle (about 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 2 vanilla beans
  • ⅔ cup food grade vegetable glycerin*
  • ¼ cup water

Directions

Make a slit down the middle of each vanilla bean. Using a funnel, add vegetable glycerin and water to an 8.5-ounce bottle. Add vanilla beans. Close bottle securely and shake. Store in a dark place, shaking every few days. Use extract after 5 weeks.

*Note: Find vegetable glycerin at health food stores or in first aid sections at most drug stores.