For me, knowing exactly what is in the products I use while baking for my family is very important. Maybe it’s important to you too? Well then, homemade Mexican vanilla is the perfect place to start!
Not only it is a simple process, it makes a wonderful gift for anyone who likes to bake. Just in case you want to gift this vanilla to someone special this year, I’m including this printable tag for your use!
Where to Find Bottles
You can find glass bottles just about anywhere these days. However, make sure that they have a good closure (cork is fine, but swing top is better).
I do like to make sure that the bottles are FOOD GRADE. If they are for decorative purposes only, they may be treated with lead, and you definitely don’t want that in your vanilla extract!
These bottles are Made in Italy and are completely food grade. You can buy them in bulk if you are going to be making extract as gifts.
How Long to Age the Extract
This extract needs at least 3 months to age before use. 6 months is better. So if you’re going to be giving this away at Christmas, start early.
I like to have a few bottles aging in the pantry, because we go through this stuff so fast! Seriously though, if the recipe has sugar in it, it’s also getting a splash of vanilla extract.
It really does help bring out the flavor in any sweet dish.
Where to Buy Mexican Vanilla Beans
There are several places online that you can buy beans, but I get them here.
25 beans comes in this pack, and I use about 3 in each large bottle, so this is plenty unless you’re giving extract away to more than 8 people!
Get the Printable Tag Here
Click here to download the tag, free for your use! Print on cardstock and tie with twine for a fun vintage look!
- Thoroughly wash bottles.
- Gently score each bean lengthwise. Be careful not to cut in half. Add 3 beans per bottle.
- Pour vodka over beans, leaving at least an inch of air at the top.
Once a week:
Tip bottle back and forth a few times to aerate beans.
- Extract is aged after 3 months, but 6 months is better!