If you find yourself stuck between the inexpensive imitation vanilla extract and the real vanilla extract here is a recipe that will no longer make you choose. You can have both! A quality vanilla extract with a an inexpensive price point. Only 2 ingredients and just a few steps, the hardest part is the wait.
For best results you need to allow the vanilla to steep for 8 weeks minimum. This is a fantastic homemade gift for friends, co-workers and family members. I used vodka but you can also use Bourbon, Rum or Brandy.
As for price, this is much more economical to make! An 8-ounce bottle of real vanilla extract can run anywhere from $8-$20. Making it at home is under $5 and it couldn’t be simpler.
If you want to make other flavored extracts, use the same directions as above along with one of the following ingredients:
When using a heavier add in, you will need to remove a small amount of vodka from bottle to allow for displacement of liquid. After letting extracts sit you may wish to strain out these larger pieces before using in your baking.