Vanilla Extract (eventually)

Thanks for everyones ideas for my Impulse Buy. I decided the first thing I would do with them would be, Vanilla Extract. Have you noticed how expensive Vanilla Extract is? Its like $8.99 for one of the bigger bottles of McCormick. For all you bakers out there you know how fast it goes!! Well it seemed pretty economical to buy a Big Bottle of Smirnoff. I think it was $32.
I always feel sooo out of place when I go into a liquor store. I don’t drink that often, because when I do, strange and embarrassing things happen. I always make an ass out of my self,

and get to hear all of the wonderful stories from everyone at the party for weeks. Thank goodness I am a happy crazy drunk! Lets just say, I can be the life of the party! So needless to say none of this Vodka will be touching my lips until it reaches the extract point.
A few of you pointed me to The Traveler’s Lunchbox post about Extract. To tell you the truth that post was just to damn long for me to read. I have a bit of ADD and my mind goes wondering when I read. So I didn’t get half way through the post before I got annoyed and stopped reading. So if you have super long, wordy posts on your blog one day, you might not see a comment from me there, cause I couldn’t keep my attention! Its not you, its me..I swear!

Vanilla Extract:

I stuck 15 vanilla beans in a big ass bottle of Smirnoff Twist of Vanilla
Wait and Wait and Wait. Shake every few days. Wait and wait and wait.
I will let you know in about a month how it turns out!


  1. 1

    This sounds like a very interesting idea. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

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    noble pig says:

    Bake me something with it and I’ll let everyone know if it’s good! K?

  3. 3

    Interesting indeed. Please tell us how it turns out!:)

  4. 4

    what a great idea… i guess the anticipating phase of this process makes it more exciting… can’t wait how it turns out… ๐Ÿ™‚ but here on the other side, the extract is way much cheaper than the vanilla beans… ๐Ÿ™

  5. 5

    dont forget to let us know what happens! im curious~

  6. 6

    I thought I was one of the few who said things like ‘big ass bottle’. It will definitely turn into something good no matter what.

  7. 7

    I can’t believe you used a whole bottle! I’m jealous actually – my extract lives in an old jam jar at the back of pantry. It aint pretty, but it tastes amazing.

  8. 8

    I have been thinking about doing this for a while now. You may have just given me the push to do it! I just need to get my backside to the liquor store for the vodka and the co-op for the vanilla beans!

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    VeggieGirl says:

    OOOOOH!!! Looking forward to reading/hearing more :0)

  10. 10

    Great idea! Let us know how it turns out.

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I’m telling I would be tempted to drink it as it is, since I fancy a little vodka and a lot of vanilla myself.
    Let’s wait then…

  12. 12

    Oh wow, what an interesting idea, I can’t wait to see the results

  13. 13

    I hope it comes out perfectly. The photos make it look divine!!!

  14. 14

    I need to do this!! Let me know how it goes!!

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    Zesty Cook says:

    very nice – Let me know how you get along… love your blog great ideas… thanks for sharing.


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    Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer says:

    I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I just bought more vanilla extract yesterday and was shocked by the price too. Maybe I’ll start buying it from you instead.

  17. 17

    i cant wait to find out if this works! i go through vanilla so quickly!

  18. 18

    Oh wow, can’t wait to see how it turns out! Try some of the vanilla vodka with diet coke. Just like a cream soda…with a kick!

  19. 19

    I have always wanted to make my own, so I am interested in hearing how yours turns out.

  20. 20

    sounds like a solid investment, leslie. i too find that it’s best to steer clear of all things alcohol-related…it just gets ugly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 21

    Cool! Hope it turns out, then we’ll all be doing the same!

  22. 22

    Great pictures! Good luck on the extract. I’ve always wanted to try it, but there’s a side of me that doesn’t believe it would ever work for me. Like I’m an amateur and it takes a professional to make vanilla extract, lol.

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    I have been thinking about making vanilla extract this winter. I had a friend who did it and put it in bottles for gifts at Christmastime. I guess if I’m going to do that, I need to get busy! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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    everyday mom says:

    Cant wait to find out the results, what a cool idea. Hubby and I are always talking about real vanilla extract.

  25. 25

    Yes…need to make this myself…I go through TONS of vanilla.
    Keep us posted on the taste…can’t wait to hear!

  26. 26

    Great idea! I would be inclined to drink it though!

  27. 27

    What a great idea! I bought a bunch of vanilla beans on EBAY, too. Hmmm… I’ll have to try this!

    Also, I have a blog award for you when you get a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. 28

    I’m cracking up at “big ass bottle of Smirnoff” ha!
    But after the day I’ve had..I WISH I had that big ass bottle!

  29. 29

    Love the blueberry one!!


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    MOMMY-MOMO says:

    yep! we do this! it lasts forever…
    Really works too