With the holidays in mid swing I'm sure you have done some holiday baking. If you have then you probably used vanilla extract and paid a fortune for that little half ounce bottle. Did you know you can make your own vanilla? Beanilla.com sells kits to get you started.
The Beanilla Homemade Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit comes ready for you to make your own homemade vanilla extract. The glass swing top bottle contains 7 vanilla beans of your choice (yes there are types of vanilla beans, who knew?). Your choices include the one I chose, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans as well as Ugandan Vanilla Beans, Indonesian Vanilla Beans, Indian Vanilla Beans and Tonga Vanilla Beans.
The process is simple and just takes a few minutes. Open the bottle and remove the vanilla beans. Slice the vanilla beans in half so that the caviar of the vanilla bean can infuse. Pour in 8 ounces of the alcohol of your choice (I used vodka). Write date on label and shake. Give it a shake once or twice a week and in 8 weeks you will have awesome homemade vanilla.
I love this kit for a few of reasons. First, have you checked the prices of vanilla beans in the grocery store? Crazy expensive! Second, finding the right size and type of bottle for making vanilla extract is nearly impossible. Third and best of all it is super easy and makes a fantastic gift. In 8 weeks this homemade vanilla will be great for my Guinness Chocolate Cake and homemade vanilla bean marshmallows.
You can buy Vanilla Beans and all vanilla related baking products from Beanilla Trading Company. I would love to get the vanilla bean sampler next. Wouldn't it be fantastic to have vanilla in 7 different varieties.
The Beanilla Homemade Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit can be purchase online on the Beanilla website. There is still time for Christmas shipping. For more information you can also find Beanilla on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
One (1) lucky Savvy and Sassy reader is going to win their own Beanilla Homemade Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit. Winner will be selected using random.org and will be announced on December 23, 2013. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. Contest open to people 18 years or older in the U.S.
Disclosure: I received a Beanilla Homemade Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit free for the purpose of a review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed in this review are that of my own and any information or claims should be verified on the company's site. Thank you to Beanilla for allowing me to review and giveaway their Beanilla Homemade Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit!