Updated May 14, 2018
If you enjoy rich vanilla taste, then you will love this yummy Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe and more!
Get a high quality pure extract with outstanding flavor for a fraction of the price of pre-prepared brand name products.
This Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe will enhance all your cooking and baking.
Beautiful vanilla bean steeped in gluten-free vodka (a neutral carrier liquid) is perfect for fine foods.
Purchase grain-free vodka.
Potato vodka is safe for all people sensitive to gluten and has a wonderfully smooth taste, no “bite”.
Studies conclude the vanilla bean's best health benefits come from pure vanilla extract.
Steeping vanilla beans in alcohol releases the potent antioxidants, vanillin and vanillic acid, powerful age and cancer fighting agents.
Its antimicrobial properties are noted for fighting infections, illnesses and acne.
Rich in B Vitamins, magnesium and potassium, vanilla extract benefits the nervous system, muscles and energy production at the cellular level.
Studies conclude vanillin has outstanding liver protection abilities and is an excellent anti-inflammatory food.
It also is a significant blood cholesterol reducer.
Enjoy a steaming bowl of oatmeal with a teaspoon of Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe and a dash of cinnamon for breakfast; not only will you reap the heart saving benefits of this food combination, you will help your body obtain and maintain normal weight, because both vanilla and cinnamon are packed with natural appetite suppressing and metabolism regulating properties.
The soothing, calming aroma of vanilla works like a mild sedative on the brain, alleviating insomnia and some sleep disorders.
The longer you age your homemade vanilla extract, the more concentrated it becomes, yielding more health building compounds.
Historic and current day professional herbalists love homemade vanilla extract for its healing properties.
The combined action of high alcohol spirits and vanilla bean is inherently antimicrobial.
Treat cold sores naturally by simply soaking a sterilized cotton ball in pure vanilla extract and apply it to the cold sore 4 times per day until gone; as an anti-inflammatory, the vanilla extract will help reduce swelling making the patient more comfortable, while the antimicrobial properties kill the infection causing the cold sore.
As a natural analgesic and anesthetic, vanilla extract is an historically recognized fever reducer, and fights coughs, colds, flu, sore throats and respiratory infections; add 1 teaspoon each of Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe and granulated white sugar to a glass of tepid water, and then sip leisurely.
Feeling green? A few drops of vanilla extract in a glass of room temperature water is as effective at calming queasy stomachs as expensive nausea medicines.
Rub some vanilla extract on sore gums and around teeth to relieve toothache and teething.
Control depression and anxiety naturally with aromatherapy by dabbing vanilla extract on the same pulse points as you do for your favorite perfume or cologne; studies show the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of vanilla extract rival that of dangerous psychotropic drugs, such as Fluoxetine, without all the disturbing side-effects (works for some people).
Speaking of perfume and cologne, vanilla extract is one of the ancient fragrances remaining highly prized in current day commercial cosmetic industries worldwide; dabbing this exotic cologne (vanilla extract) on pulse points or splashing it on as an after shave, creates an irresistibly alluring fragrance.
If you enjoy a crafty approach, purchase a vanilla extract kit for yourself, and while you are at it, buy one as a gift for your best friend, too.
Bottle your Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe in decorative decanters; amber bottles work best to protect your extract from light and ultraviolet rays.
These look beautiful on your cupboard shelf and are a joy to use.
Our Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe makes a wonderful gift for any occasion and gluten-free foodies love it!
Fasten a pretty ribbon around the neck of a decanter and print off an attractive label (remember to give credit where it is due, list the source of this recipe from Cat McMahon at GlutenFreeHomemade.com).
To save money, buy vanilla beans in bulk; they can be acquired from online stores.
Purchase the freshest vanilla beans possible to reduce risk of fungus or molds, and opt for organic beans whenever possible as they yield high quality extracts without off flavors from undesirable organic compounds found in agricultural additives, such as pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
ALWAYS keep vanilla extract in an air tight glass container; plastic bottles are porous (not airtight) and will degrade the integrity of the concoction by out-gassing volatile compounds, thus producing off-tastes.
ALWAYS keep vanilla beans submerged in spirits; when vanilla beans are exposed to air they are prone to develop a toxic fungus and can spoil the extract.
Each vanilla bean variety has a unique flavor nuance and a particular vanilla bean nuance is influenced from its source, for example, a Madagascar vanilla bean sourced from Madagascar will have a different flavor nuance than the same bean variety sourced from Africa.
Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe connoisseurs keep several bottles of extracts on their shelves, some made from single source beans, and others are proprietary blends made from multiple varieties of vanilla beans.
The longer your homemade vanilla extract ripens, the better the flavor blooms.
This Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe calls for a "fifth" of vodka, the equivalent of 1/5 of a gallon, about 3 cups or 750 ml/1.75 liters.