How To: Homemade Vanilla Sugar and Extract
Making homemade vanilla sugar and extract is cheaper than any vanilla flavorings you can buy at the supermarket, and you need only 2 INGREDIENTS for each recipe.
People always say that homemade is always better and they’re soo right. When you make things like cakes, cookies or even food, you add to the recipe just a few and the right ingredients, but when you buy already processed foods, they’re full of preservatives and nasty stuff.
I encourage you to try and make some of the things at home, they’re easy to make and most of the time, they’re CHEAPER. How about that?! You simply have to get up and do it.
I always loved infused sugars, with pancakes or cookies, and they’re all natural, they don’t have any toxic ingredient. Store-bought vanilla essence is just a cheap imitation of the real vanilla flavor, and it’s full of nasty ingredients. You can find good quality vanilla extract out there, but normally, they’re pretty expensive.
Ingredients for the vanilla sugar:
- 500 g of brown sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
In a jar with a lid add the sugar. Of course, you can use any type of sugar, this is what I had on hand. With a sharp knife, cut the pod lengthwise and then scrape the seeds out.
Add the seeds to the jar with sugar, cut the vanilla pod in 3 and add them to the jar as well. Close the jar and shake.
In 1 week you can already use this in some pancakes or cookies for a delicious and delicate vanilla flavor.
Ingredients for the vanilla extract:
- 200 ml of vodka
- 1 vanilla pod
Add the vodka to a dark bottle. With a sharp knife, cut the pod lengthwise and then scrape the seeds out.
Add the seeds to the bottle of vodka, cut the vanilla pod in 2 and add them to the bottle as well. Close the bottle and shake it. You should shake the bottle every now and then to hurry the process. And make sure to shake the bottle every time you will use it, to get some of the seeds as well in the pancakes or cookies.
In 2 weeks you can use the vanilla extract. The longer it stays, the stronger the flavor will be.
We use vodka for this recipe because it has a neutral flavor that will not alter the strong flavor of the vanilla. Be sure to store the bottle in a dry and dark place, in your kitchen cabinet. This way, you can use it for months to come, even 1-2 years if stored correctly.
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Brilliant! Such an easy and useful tutorial – thanks!
shashi at runninsrilankan
These would make such lovely gifts! Thanks so much for sharing them – loving that extract idea!
I’ve been making my own for years – it’s so easy!
Helen | Fuss Free Flavours
I love love love to make my own vanilla sugar! I’ve never tried to make my own vanilla extract but I should as we go through the small bottles from the store so fast!
This is a good way to get the biggest bang for your buck with vanilla. Thanks.
Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
This is great! I had no idea how to make vanilla extract, and I’ve never liked using the store-bought versions. I think both the sugar and extract would make great gifts!
Yes, I thought so too. These holidays I want to give to my family homemade gifts, mostly edible.
I need to make flavored sugar or salt.. It’s on my to-do list! It smells wonderful!
I love homemade vanilla extract! I’ve never made vanilla sugar before-though now I think I’ll have to!
Manju | Cooking Curries
Homemade vanilla sugar and vanilla extract has always been on my list of things to make but never got around to it. Anything homemade rocks!
Thanks for the tips! Love vanilla!