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Yummm! I love the smell of vanilla when you first open up the bottle, especially the homemade stuff!
Say what? You don’t make your own vanilla?
Well I can remedy that problem for you in 10 minutes of hands on work. It’s that simple!!
Homemade vanilla makes the perfect frugal gift for friends and family, just make sure you keep some for yourself!!
Since I love cooking and like to at least attempt to make everything from scratch at least once, vanilla was on my list to make.
So… I went ahead and made homemade vanilla as Christmas gifts one year before knowing for sure that it would be a success.
I was completely amazed at how easy this vanilla was to make and how wonderful it turned out!! You will be so surprised too! And trust me, you will never go back to the store bought stuff.
Homemade vanilla has such a huge depth of flavor and will make anything you make absolutely delicious! Most importantly, everyone loved the gift!! They still talk about it!
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This is such an easy DIY, but I never would have thought of it! And I love that your friends and family want refills now haha
Good thing I actually doubled the recipe and keep refiling my bottles with the ‘magic stuff’! You’ll never go back to store bought vanilla again.
I plan on making my own vanilla soon!! Thanks for the instructions on how to do it!
Awesome, Valerie! Let me know how it turns out, ok?
Thanks for this idea! I’m adding it to my list of diy Christmas gifts! Real vanilla is so much better than the artificial kind. …
I love real vanilla!! Now that I found it is so easy to make, I don’t have to be stingy with my use of real vanilla. Your people will love the gift, Kelly!
I’m sad to report…. both Vanilla beans and Vodka are *much* more expensive in Canada. I’m so disappointed! Costco vanilla beans are $18/10 here, and Costco vodka is $50 for 1.7 litres! And those are the cheapest I’ve found. I don’t drink, but when I asked someone who knew about vodka prices, they said costco was the cheapest.
Guess I’ll be using some other frugal ideas- glad you have a whole list of them!! 😀
Oh no! That’s a bummer, Kelly! I did use Rum one time to make vanilla, which turned out just fine. Would that be cheaper? You can make the vanilla with just 10 beans if you had too, and it would still work. I ordered mine from Amazon so maybe you can find it cheaper online? Or at a specialty spice shop?
We were going to use the 10 beans, and do the cooking method ( it seems to use less beans; 1 per cup or alcohol) but I’m not sure rum would be cheaper. I’ll do some research! Either way, I’m making hot chocolate on a stick, and shampoo bars! I’ve also got the idea to kill 2 birds with 1 stone, and give out my new CD I’ll just have printed this month haha. All my friends/family want one anyway so why not gift it 😉
Guess what?! I was complaining to my aunt yesterday, that Vodka prices are so steep here. Guess who had THREE unopened bottles to give me? She receives them as gifts, but only likes certain kinds. SO we traded the 3 bottles for one bottle of vanilla when I’m done 🙂 I’m a happy girl!
Yay! I am so thrilled for you Kelly! What an awesome comment to come home too, thank you for letting me know the end of your saga. I was racking my brain for other suggestions to tell you about the vanilla.
Thanks Charissa! I am happy I’ll be able to make the vanilla after all 🙂 Thanks for all the great ideas!