You may remember the post I quickly threw together – Homemade Vanilla Extract – so that everyone could get started on their homemade vanilla extract in time for holiday baking. Well, if you followed along with me, it’s about that time to either package for gift giving or to make pretty for your own use. Of course, you could just leave your vanilla in a canning jar but I prefer to prettify it.
First I strained out all of the little vanilla bean flecks. I really had a hard time deciding whether or not to strain them out. I am sure that they must add to the rich vanilla flavor but on the other hand, they are kind of icky looking floating around. Because I am gift giving, I decided it was best to strain – I’ll probably leave them in for my own bottle! I used a piece of muslin to strain but you could just as easily use a coffee filter.
I purchased my bottles very inexpensively at Save-On-Crafts.
There are quite a few blogs out there with great labels for packaging your homemade vanilla extract. I’m not an expert at this type of stuff but I’ve made some for my own gift giving that you are free to download if they float your boat Just print them on sticky paper, cut them out and afix them right over the arranged ribbon.
If this is the first you’ve heard of making your own vanilla extract, it’s not too late to order supplies and get these started for holiday gift giving. I would put the beans and vodka directly into the jars and add a hang tag that says it will be ready for use in 4 to 6 weeks from the date you started them!