vanilla extract – update

homemade vanilla extract // the muffin myth

Remember that batch of vanilla extract I started back in October?

It’s done! It sat in the cupboard for a little over two months, getting a little shake every few days, and turning a deep and beautiful brown.

homemade vanilla extract // the muffin myth

The wait finally over, I strained the vanilla extract through a mesh strainer lined with a couple of paper towels (coffee filters would work well also). The spent vanilla beans got transferred into a clean jar, which I filled with granulated sugar to make vanilla sugar. It smells amazing already!

homemade vanilla extract // the muffin myth

The extract got decanted into little 50ml jars and fancied up with pretty labels.ย I’ve already started another batch, and I think I’m going to let this one sit and do it’s thing for six months and see if I notice a difference in the quality of vanilla.

In the mean time, I’ve got all these cute little bottles of home-made vanilla extract to give away as gifts to my foodie friends. And I want to give you one too!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. It’s that easy! I’ll attempt to send a bottle of vanilla extract to anyone, anywhere in the world. And, since this is the season of giving, I’ll throw in a Muffin Myth tea towel as well. Contest closes Wednesday December 18th at 9am PST.

homemade vanilla extract // the muffin myth


  1. Natasha Murphy says

    I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog. It’s filled with great info!
    Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. SarahT says

    Hi Katie – I’d love to sample your vanilla extract! And thank you for the blog – I’ve enjoyed reading over the last couple of years.

  3. says

    Ooh, yay for homemade gifts! I’ve been meaning to try making my own vanilla extract for a long time, but somehow I’ve never gotten around to it. Must get my hands on some vanilla beans. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  4. Alex says

    Ottawa demands Vanilla goodness! Arctic alliance! Even if we are only 45 degrees North it still hits -40 Celsius and requires much Vanilla.

  5. Cathy says

    Enjoy reading your articles (and recipes) every month. Maybe you could bring a bottle when you come to the Sunshine Coast? I’m one of your Mom’s infamous ‘Point Sisters’ who is a loyal follower of your blog and have told everyone I know about it.

  6. says

    Oooooh, vanilla is my favourite! I recently tried the dried vanilla beans from a health food store, and I love them for pretty much anywhere I use vanilla, and for sprinkling on coffee or cereal. I’d never heard of them until you mentioned them on here and then I was determined to check them out. So of course I’d love to try your home made extract. Fingers crossed, and happy winter solstice! : )

  7. Tessa says

    I thought these were wonderful from the start. They look downright irresistible in your little line up. I would love to have one on my cupboard shelf.

  8. Cinthia says

    I was looking at a recipe that called for vanilla extract and was wondering if you had anything to say about vanilla extract. Haha what a coincadink!

  9. says

    They look lovely, little bottles just waiting to add aroma to any sweet recipe! I’m a bit of a vanilla addict, I’m afraid. Sometimes I sneak a sniff just because it makes me smile ๐Ÿ™‚ Would love to sample your homemade version. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Dan says

    I’m in the process of making a batch and the worst part is the wait. Keep up the good work and have a wonderful holiday season.

    • says

      Hope your batch works out for you, Dan! I’ve got one in my cupboard that’s going on 9 months right now… I think I’m going to crack into it at around the 1 year mark!


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