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I started making my own vanilla extract more than a decade ago. I didn’t set out to try doing so to be frugal or make a better product. I did it because it’s just what you do when someone in your family suddenly has food allergies. Necessity really is the mother of invention. Little did I know that I would indeed save money, make a better product, and forever choose to eschew purchasing store bought vanilla extract ever again.

After our family was faced with the new prospect of eating and baking around food allergies, I began to look more closely at every ingredient in our pantry. One of the baking staples that I had a terrible time finding ingredient information and allergy warnings for was vanilla extract. Many companies that produce vanilla extract also make almond and other nut based extracts, making their products off limits in order to ensure that our homemade baked goods are safe for the entire family to enjoy. In my hours of searching online, I made a wonderful discovery. I learned that making vanilla extract required exactly two ingredients, a glass bottle, and a bit of cupboard space. It didn’t take me very long to decide to attempt to create our own vanilla extract right in our kitchen.

I was a little skeptical. The process seemed too simple to yield a vanilla extract that would be as fragrant and flavorful as the premium extract I had kept on hand in our kitchen for so many years. I had very little to lose, so I gathered the supplies, followed the easy steps, and set the glass bottle aside to see what would develop.

The homemade version of vanilla extract is superior in flavor and aroma to the extract available at the grocery store. The color develops to deep amber filled with tiny vanilla bean specks. The aroma will fill your kitchen from the moment you open the bottle. Your baked goods will taste and smell even more delicious once you’re using your own homemade vanilla extract.

Our kit includes a heavy duty glass swing top bottle with food safe stopper and gasket for optimum storage, an extra rubber gasket, premium vanilla beans, and easy to follow instructions. Each four ounce kit includes two vanilla bean pods and each eight ounce kit includes four vanilla bean pods. We’ll even include a recipe card that includes one of our family’s favorite baking recipes using our homemade vanilla extract.

I usually have two of these bottles in my kitchen cabinet. I keep one bottle of extract that I am using in my baking recipes and another one that is “brewing”. This way, I always have plenty of homemade vanilla extract to work with and never need to fear the prospect of running out. We also offer a listing for a pair of kits so that you can do the same and save significantly on the cost of each kit and the shipping costs.

After you have used your first batch of vanilla extract, you can simply follow the instructions to use the same pods to brew another round of premium vanilla extract. After you have used the beans twice, the bean pods can still be used to flavor custards and sauces or allowed to dry slightly before adding to a mason jar full of sugar to create a batch of delicious vanilla bean sugar. We also offer vanilla beans pods in our shop so that you can restock and begin making another batch of vanilla using the bottle from your original kit.

Making your own vanilla extract puts you in complete control of the final product. You can choose the quality of the ingredients and determine the strength of your homemade extract. Making your own extract can also be a real money saver. For the price of a small bottle of premium extract from the store, you can create a steady supply of your own extract to use in your family’s favorite recipes.

This kit makes a wonderful gift for the baker or aspiring baker on your gift list. They also make a lovely hostess gift or takeaway gift for bridal showers and baby showers. We offer special discount pricing for orders of twelve or more kits and have worked with several customers to create custom labels for their shower and party favors. We would love to work with you to design something fabulous for your needs. Contact us for more information.

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Vanilla Extract Kit - Make Your Own Homemade Vanilla Extract



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  • Materials: vanilla bean, twine, spice, seasoning, baking, kitchen, vanilla, vanilla pod, vanilla extract, extract, food, swing top, recipe card
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