•A funnel to help pour the alcohol into the bottle
Step 1: Use a knife to cut slits in the vanilla pods, and if necessary, cut in half to fit bottle.
Step 2: Place pods in bottle (I put about three pods in each) and then fill bottle with the alcohol.
Step 3: Seal bottles tightly and let set in a dark place for about 2 months before using. The color will begin to darken after a day or so and will get progressively darker. Shake occasionally to evenly distribute flavor and add more alcohol if extract runs low. It’s that simple!
After I finished, I used Photoshop to make my own labels for my vanilla before giving them out as Christmas gifts. The pictures above show the extract after about 6 months. Notice how dark it has gotten. It makes a delicious (and cheaper and long-lasting) vanilla extract perfect for baking, ice cream, coffee…you name it!