Sister Gifts

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Terri and her sister-in-law's have a tradition of getting each other all a small gift that is the same for each sister-in-law. Last year, Tonia decided that we should do that too!

This year I made each of my sister-in-law's homemade vanilla extract! It is a simple gift to make, it just requires a little planning ahead because ideally the vanilla should cure for about 6 months.

I didn't quite get it done in time so the sisters will have to let it cure for a little while in their own cupboards!
Homemade Vanilla Extract

  • 3 Vanilla Beans
  • 1 Cup Vodka
  • Sterilized containers
  1. Cut vanilla beans in half, leaving an inch connected on one end (Clean scissors worked best for me)
  2. Place split vanilla beans in container and cover with vodka
  3. Shake the vodka and vanilla beans up and place in a dark cupboard for 6 months to cure
  4. Shake container every month or so until cured. Vanilla should be dark in color.
The great things about this vanilla is that it is never ending! Whenever you start to have a good bit of it used, just add more vodka shake it up and let it cure again!


Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is a great gift! I actually got a bottle from a friend last year and it's so handy. I also think it has much better flavor than the store-bought variety.

Unknown said...

I'm definitely going to try this. I have it on my "wish" board here at the house! I saw it for the first time on Pinterest or something, and I thought, "I'm going to do that!" But then, I realized how long it takes to cure. :( Hopefully it will work!