I made vanilla today and decided to update my blog with new prices. I also wanted to share these awesome labels I found to use at lovepomegranatehouse.com.
To make homemade vanilla you will need either vodka or bourbon (35-40% alcohol), vanilla beans (1 1/2 beans for 4 oz), and bottles. It is best to have dark colored bottles.
You slice the beans in 1/2 and then split them down the middle, place 3 pieces in a 4 oz jar, and fill with alcohol. You can add more vanilla beans if you like.
I made 16 bottles and this was my approx. cost breakdown:
When I posted this 4 years ago the total cost for each 4 oz bottle was $3.77. At today’s price (9/8/16) the cost is $3.72. This of course will vary depending on where you purchase your supplies.
The vanilla will need to set for at least 1 month but the longer it sets the better it will get. You will get the full flavor after 6 months. You can strain the vanilla and dry out the beans a bit and made vanilla sugar with them or just add more alcohol when it is down to 1/3 of a bottle.
Here is a great website for more information on making vanilla.