Learn how to make pure vanilla extract and vanilla powder at home using real vanilla beans to save money and add true vanilla flavor to your baking. These recipes are easy to make in less than 10 minutes and can be the perfect edible gift.
Slice the beans in half lengthwise to expose the seeds inside. Depending on the height of the container you're using, cut your beans into smaller pieces so they fit inside without bending.
Place the beans inside your bottle and top it with vodka. Use a funnel so your vodka doesn't spill.
Give the bottle a shake and store it in your pantry for a minimum of 4 to 8 weeks before using.
Place the beans on wire rack and parchment paper in a baking sheet.
Bake for 2 hours at 170°F or until your beans dry out.
Process the dried beans in a food processor or blender to fine powder. Finish processeing in a coffee grinder for an even finer texture.
Place the vanilla powder in a 1 oz container and store it in your pantry.
Vanilla beans: Use either grade A or grade B vanilla beans from Madagascar or another country. I prefer grade A from Madagascar.Vanilla extract: As it ages, the better your extract tastes and the darker in color it gets. It does not spoil with time.Vodka: Use a vodka that is at least 80-proof alcohol (40% of the liquid is alcohol). You can use bourbon or other liquor as well, but vodka has a neutral taste and it's best for making extract.Vanilla powder: You can dry your vanilla beans at lower temperatures in a dehydrator if you prefer, or faster in the oven at a higher temperature than 170°F. Also, in order to chop the beans as fine as possible without using commercial equipment, start in your food processor then finish processing in your coffee grinder. It does not spoil with time.This recipe makes: 8 fl oz of vanilla extract and 0.4 oz (12g) of vanilla powder.Nutrition facts: Values shown are for 8 fl oz of single-fold vanilla extract.