I love the smell and taste of vanilla which is why I use it in nearly all of my baking but the vanilla extract you can buy in the supermarket is not true vanilla extract and comes in a plastic bottle. You can buy true vanilla extract from nearly all health food shops but its expensive for a small bottle. Which is why I make my own extract for half the cost of the health food shop and I can be completely sure its a completly truly honest extract.
There is just one important thing you need to know when making your own vanilla extract is to buy Extract Grade B Vanilla Pods as grade B vanilla pods contain less moisture, which means less water gets in your vanilla extract. The cheapest way to buy your pods is in bulk, I buy mine from here. (Affiliated link)
Not only does this extract taste good in your baking but you can also use it as a homemade perfume and can be given as a lovely homemade Christmas Present.
Vanilla Extract Perfume
- Placing a small amount on the tip of your finger and dab it behind your ears or on your wrist.
- Allow it to dry and sniff to see if it is strong enough.
- Apply more only if needed; you don’t want to overdo it.
- Reapply during the day or evening as this scent will fade faster than a normal perfume due to lack of fixatives. (Keep a little with you in you bag in a small glass Jar (Affiliate Link) for retouches during the day or evening.)
What are your favourite uses for vanilla extract?