A couple of years ago, I made vanilla extract using some vodka someone had brought to a party, I’ve been using it ever since and recently ran out (and ended up accidentally putting peppermint extract in my pancakes – not my finest moment!).
Because it’s been a while since I bought vanilla extract I was a little surprised at how expensive it was. £6 for 118ml.
It was time to make some more. I was given some vanilla pods ages ago (if you don’t have any they are easy enough to buy on Amazon). I bought a bottle of vodka (this one was on special offer) and sliced down the middle of 10 vanilla pods.
Added them to the bottle of vodka
The bottle is in the cupboard (sitting next to the not quite ready damson gin) and according to everything I’ve read should be ready to go in 1 to 2 months time and I won’t have to buy any for a good long time but I will have to plan better so I never run out!
I mention this now because you could, if you were so inclined make some to give as Christmas presents, maybe if you have the time and inclination, you could make some other extracts and put it in pretty bottles too!