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Vodka + Pregnancy = DIY Vanilla Extract | Mother Rising

Vodka + Pregnancy = DIY Vanilla Extract | Mother Rising

Vodka + Pregnancy

Feeling sorry for yourself that you can’t partake in an alcoholic cocktail because you’re knocked up?

Want to do something with the vodka in your pantry that is taunting you?

You’re in luck!

The following is a short tutorial on how to make your DIY vanilla extract. It's a short tutorial because it's just that easy.

DIY Vanilla Extract

The following is a short tutorial on how to make your DIY vanilla extract.

It’s a short tutorial because it’s just that easy.

It’s easy! It’s fast! And it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying it in the store.

Step 1:  Assemble your ingredients: vodka, vanilla beans, a knife, and a glass container to hold the finished product.

The following is a short tutorial on how to make your DIY vanilla extract. It's a short tutorial because it's just that easy.

Step 2:  Slice your vanilla beans in half, length wise.

The following is a short tutorial on how to make your DIY vanilla extract. It's a short tutorial because it's just that easy.

Step 3:  Put cut vanilla beans in glass container.

The following is a short tutorial on how to make your DIY vanilla extract. It's a short tutorial because it's just that easy.

Step 4:Pour vodka in the glass container all the way to the top.

The following is a short tutorial on how to make your DIY vanilla extract. It's a short tutorial because it's just that easy.

That’s it!

The following is a short tutorial on how to make your DIY vanilla extract. It's a short tutorial because it's just that easy.

I hear conflicting reports on how long you need to let it sit until it’s done – 6 weeks, 1 month, 6 months… So you’ll just have to wing it and see how it goes. I used a 16 ounce bottle for 3 vanilla beans. I think most people use more vanilla beans for that large of a container, but that’s all I had. Maybe I’ll have to let mine sit for 6 months?

The coolest thing about this vanilla extract is you can keep topping off the bottle with more vodka after you use it. Basically, this will last forever!

Have fun!

DIY Vanilla Extract UPDATE

UPDATE:  Since this post went live, I have made a lot more DIY vanilla extract. For the Christmas before my second daughter was born, I made a large lot of DIY vanilla extract for presents. Homemade vanilla is such a great gift! Everybody loved it. Here are a few tips I learned since then.

  1. Buy vanilla beans on Amazon. You can get WAY MORE for your money than at a local health food store. Sure, you’ll probably end up with more vanilla beans than you actually need. But if you can get a group of friends to make DIY vanilla extract with you, this actually will make a lot of sense.
  2. In the tutorial above I used an empty GT Kombucha bottle. I actually now prefer and recommend using smaller glass bottles. It wasn’t easy to pour the vanilla out of the large bottles.
  3. It takes a minimum of a month for the vanilla to be ready. The longer the better though.

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Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Wow, thanks for posting this amazing deal. Vanilla has been priced out of reason. This is a way I can afford it again. $38.00 for 8oz is ridiculous.

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Thursday 15th of March 2018

Thanks for the tutorial and updates about making vanilla. I hope to make some soon! Perfect stocking stuffers for my daughters who cook!

Lindsey

Thursday 15th of March 2018

You're welcome! :)

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