Thursday, November 5, 2015

Homemade Vanilla, Mint, and Cinnamon Extract

I started making my own vanilla years ago and have never looked back. It is so much cheaper then the store bought kind as well as better quality.

This summer at our new house we had an abundance of mint growing so I decided to venture out and try making mint extract as well.

Then I figured as long as I was at it I might as well try cinnamon extract since I already had all the ingredients.

Making extract is seriously so easy. Anyone can make these.

The processes is the same for all three

Vanilla Extract:

You will need 7 vanilla beans and one cup of vodka. The cheaper the better. There is not need to spend extra money on quality vodka. I always feel strange when I go into the liquor store to buy vodka since I don't drink it and I usually buy 2 of the large bottles of the cheap stuff. I wonder what they must think of me. Especially when I get back into my minivan.

I usually cut open each bean and scrape out the insides. I add all the beans and the insides to an 8 oz mason jar (sometimes I double it.)

Next add the vodka and place a lid on it.

Give the jar a good shake and then put it in a cabinet and let it sit for 3-6 months. Give it a good shake every now and then.

Cinnamon Extract:

For the cinnamon extract I took 3 cinnamon sticks and added 1 cup of vodka.

Place a lid on it and store for 3-6 months.

Mint Extract:

Fill a mason jar about half way with fresh mint leaves. If you don't have any in your garden you can buy them in the produce department of the grocery store.

Finish filling the jar with vodka and let sit for 3-6 months.

There you have it. Three super easy ways to save yourself money in the kitchen.

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