The other day I was making my home-made coffee additive – again! Let’s just say that my dearest hubby really, really likes my homemade vanilla coffee additive!
Ummmmmmmmmm………………… You want some coffee with that dear?
Oh – you don’t know how to make your own coffee additive? That wonderful, easy to make stuff that doesn’t have this preservative or that chemical in it, and doesn’t cost a fortune at the grocery store? Well, for the sake of time, let me give you the link where I found the recipe I use: Homemade Flavored Liquid Coffee Creamer.
You’re welcome! 😉
You can see in the recipe that it takes one tablespoon of vanilla extract to make the coffee creamer – and when you are making this recipe twice a week – that adds up to a lot of vanilla, folks! Since I like to use the “real” vanilla, this can get mighty ‘spensive!
So, when I saw an article recently on making your own vanilla extract I got all excited and couldn’t wait to try it! Here is a link to the article that I read explaining how easy it is to make vanilla extract: The Prairie Homestead. Yes, it is expensive to buy the vanilla beans and the vodka, but three vanilla beans makes a pint of extract! The best part is that once you have used up your extract (or nearly used it up), you just add more vodka to the vanilla beans! It will take a bit longer the second (or even more the third) time around to extract the vanilla flavoring from the beans, but goodness gracious, this is WAY more inexpensive in the long run! And, since alcohol is a preservative, your extract will last indefinitely on a cool dark shelf!
But then I saw another article claiming you can do the same thing with lemons! You can click on that article here: My Frugal Home. Woweeee! I LOVE lemon extract! I grew up with my mom making the best candies at Christmas using only 1 pound of butter, 1 pound of powdered sugar, and different extracts for different flavored candies! My favorite was, and always will be, the ones made from lemon extract with the toasted walnuts pressed into the top. 🙂
Oh boy – stand back – I’m not sure where this will all end up, but I can’t be stopped now! At this time I have the vanilla extract, lemon extract, orange extract and mint extract just extracting away in my cupboard! Now I want to find a recipe for almond extract. I was just at the store and saw some star anise – I wonder if that would make licorice extract? I think I’m gonna try! Or, how about banana extract?
If you have another extract recipe, please let me know! Either give me a link to your post in the comments, or if you don’t have a blog just leave the recipe in the comments! Thank you so much in advance!
My next trick is to experiment making a coffee creamer with NO sugar, but instead using my homemade stevia syrup. If you would like to see how to make stevia syrup/extract, click HERE. I’m not sure if I will use half and half or cream with that, I will just have to experiment a bit to find out which tastes best!
Thank you so much for reading this article! If you have any questions, comments or suggestion, please feel free to comment! I try to answer each and every one!
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