This elegant and petite 2oz bottle is perfect for small-batch extract making, first-time extract makers and party and/or hostess gifts. They are made of glass (best for extract taste and the environment) and they look nice for counter-top storage.
The typical rule of thumb for extract making is 1oz of beans for every 8oz of spirits. A bottle this small will require .25oz grade-A or grade-B vanilla beans with whatever spirit you choose. (Typically that's just 1-2 beans.) Be creative and have fun!!
Making vanilla extract is simple: Just add beans, spirits and a lid...then wait for a a year. (Here is a more detailed recipe.) 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 a rich, transparent amber color. It is NOT dark, cloudy or 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.
Give extract making a try for yourself! We've made it easy. Just pick your bottle, select your vanilla beans and then choose your spirit.
Have fun and please tell us how it turned out!