This year (yes I realize everyone on my list will know ahead of time what they are getting - I'm not that great at keeping surprises anyway) I am making Homemade Vanilla Extract. This is super simple, few ingredients needed and minimal work as well - the perfect gift!
I made the homemade vanilla extract from the Passionate Homemaking blog (recipe and directions found here) for my family and friends.
You need the following ingredients:
Vanilla Beans (I used organic) from Mountain Rose Herbs
Glass Jars (I used 4 oz clear jars) also from Mountain Rose Herbs
First cut open one bean down the center (careful to not cut all the way through).
Then cut it into 2 inch pieces and put inside the bottle.
Then fill the jar up with vodka and close it with the cork top.
|Bottle right after you put in the vodka.|
Steep the beans for 6-8 weeks. You can refill these and reuse it! Yup, just keep the bean inside the jar and fill it with vodka - steep another 6-8 weeks and use as needed in recipes.
|Bottle after 6 weeks of steeping.|
The beans need to steep for 6-8 weeks so you can still make some for Christmas and just tell your recipient to let the beans steep for a week or two before they use it :)
Now for the best part:
Vanilla Beans organic - 1 oz has 6-9 beans (4 oz organic and free trade) $23
4 oz Glass jars (box of 24) $32
Vodka (I got the cheapest I could find) - 2 bottles (I only used 1/5 of the 2nd bottle) of 1.75 liters $20
Total per gift $2.79 (plus shipping and tax on the beans & bottles)
Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear about your tips for making your own Christmas gifts :)