Homemade Vanilla Extract

Two bottles of Zoë François's homemade vanilla extract

Homemade vanilla extract is probably the most-used ingredient in my kitchen after flour and sugar. It is also my go-to DIY holiday gift. It is perfect for all the bakers on your list and makes a quick and simple host/ess gift for when you’re invited to a party and want to bring something fun, unexpected, and practical.

I always have a stack of beans in the freezer and bottles of vanilla extract in my pantry. I admit I don’t always make my own, but it is something, like homemade yogurt, that once you make it, you’re ruined to the store-bought version. *I do have a hack below for a SUPER QUICK way to get more flavor out of the store-bought bottle!

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