Make your own Vanilla Essence!
vanilla essential oil

I never realised that making my own vanilla essence would be this easy! With a quick and simple recipe, I now have PLENTY of vanilla essence for all of my baking needs.

All you need as a glass jar, 8 vanilla beans and 1 cup of vodka. Pure – Easy – Simple.


1x glass jar
5-7 vanilla beans
1x cup of vodka

1. Use a knife to split the bean in half, leave about 1/2 inch at each end intact

2. Put your vanilla beans in your glass bottle and cover with vodka.

3. Close the jar and store in a cool, dry place for at least 8 weeks, shaking once a week or so.


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Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.30.16 AMHomeFresh Organics is a labour of love for husband and wife team Johan and Samantha Gelderblom. Together they have spent 25 years in the food industry, with Johan working as a Chef at some of the best restaurants around the world and Samantha, a former Pastry Chef, combining food and travel with work at a number of exclusive hotels and restaurants. Having too frequently been on the receiving end of poor quality produce has instilled in Johan and Samantha a desire to provide top quality goods and first class service to their customers.

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