The Petite Vanilla Extract Kit is the perfect kit for first-time extract makers, or for a great, personal gift for a close friend or family member. All of our kits include the appropriate quantity of vanilla beans to be "Pure" by FDA standards. Remember, the beans can be used multiple times, so when you run out of your first batch, simply add more alcohol and wait a few months for round two!
This kit Includes:
- 1 vanilla bean from the country of your choice
- A 2oz (60ml) decorative glass bottle* of your choice (Why Glass?)
The only thing we can't include in this kit is the spirit because, well, it's illegal for us to do so! You will need to run down to your favorite shop and pick out the spirits that are best for you. Personally, we really like white rum, bourbon and vodka.
Think of those three spirits like a sweetness scale. Rum is sugar based, so it's very sweet...the most sweet. Bourbon comes from corn, so it's sweet...but less sweet than rum. Vodka is grain based and almost flavorless, so it's the least sweet. Vodka is generally the best for allowing 100% of the more-than 300 flavor compounds of a vanilla bean to come through, unmasked.
All vanilla extract is sweet if you're using the best beans. Any bean from VanillaPura is guaranteed to be the highest-quality available. (Backed by our 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee!)
Making Vanilla Extract - (Detailed Vanilla Extract Making Instructions Here)
Making vanilla extract is simple: Just add beans, spirits and a lid...then wait for a few months. You may need to cut your beans into smaller pieces to fit into your bottle. We also recommend slicing the bean pod down the middle so the seeds inside the bean are fully exposed. (This equates to faster extraction). Once each bottle is filled, store the vanilla extract in a cool place (65 degrees or so) and away from any sunlight. Watch as the extract slowly turns to a dark amber over time.
Remember, pure and real extract is an amber color. It isn't dark, cloudy and non-transparent. Many extract manufacturers infuse their extracts with corn syrup and other sugars and color additives...because it's cheeper and doesn't require as much time to extract. Real extract isn't rushed.
Once it's finished, it's time to make and design your own labels. See our bottle specifications image to see what label size should be used to design your final label. This is where your own creativity comes into play! It can be as simple or elaborate as you choose!
Give extract making a try for yourself! We've made it easy. Just pick your bottle, pick your bean and pick your lid color. Then, have fun and please tell us how it turned out!
*The flip top bottle in this kit is cute and decorative, while not entirely air/water tight. If you plan on gifting finished extract in this bottle, we encourage you to seal the top with tape.