Bottling Up Our Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract!!! YAY! The Day Has Arrived!

It’s finally THAT day!!!  We get to bottle up our YUMMY Vanilla Bean Extract and Package it up for Gourmet Christmas Gifts made with lots and lots of Love!!!

So, we started by printing our labels.

So, we started by printing our labels.

See.  Here's an up-close shot.

See?  Here’s a close-up shot for ya.

Behold, the VANILLA!!!  We also have our little jars all sanitized and ready to go.

Behold, the VANILLA!!! We also have our little jars and lids all sanitized and ready to go.

Behold, the HARD WORKIN' MAN!

Behold, the HARD WORKIN’ MAN – AKA – the grebe!  Note: He’s all sanitized and ready to go too.  😉

Label ON the Bottle.

Label ON the Bottle.

Printed labels.   Blank Bottles, waiting for an identity... but FIRST they need to be filled.  We don't want to spill the Vanilla all over the label and stain it.

Printed labels.
Blank Bottles –  waiting for an identity… but FIRST they need to be filled. We wouldn’t want to spill the Vanilla all over the labels and stain them once stuck to the bottle.  That would be a real drag.

Funnel for the bottle.

Funnel for the bottle.

Tim, totally bored... He thinks I'm fixing the settings on my camera, so he's being goofy.  Hahaahaaahaaa!!!  Click.  Click.  Click.  He's clueless.  I love this man... Even if he is eating ornaments.

Tim, totally bored… He thinks I’m fixing the settings on my camera, so he’s being goofy. Hahaahaaahaaa!!! Click. Click. Click. He’s clueless. I love this man… Even if he is eating ornaments.

Can you tell he's trying so hard to be patient with me.  I really was working hard at getting the settings done.  It was totally dark in the kitchen...  I mean... on the set.  ;)

Can you tell he’s trying so hard to be patient with me. I really was working hard at getting the settings done. It was totally dark in the kitchen… I mean… on the set. 😉

O... K.... Now, we get to work!  Tim's actually putting a little filter over the top of the bottle.  You know the kind you can put over lemons?  Well, they work great for this too.  Just put it on over your bottle, and put a rubber band around... ta-da!

O… K…. Now, we get to work! Tim’s actually putting a little filter over the top of the bottle. You know, the kind you can put over lemons? Well, they work great for this too. Just put it on over your bottle, and put a rubber band around it and …    Ta-da!

It's a slow process, and some little pieces of vanilla bean will get into your vanilla extract, but that is so perfectly YUMMY and FINE!

It’s a slow process, and some little pieces of vanilla bean will get into your vanilla extract, but that is so perfectly YUMMY and WONDERFULLY FINE!

Filling up each bottle...

Filling up each bottle…

A closer shot. He's also filling up the labeled one for me, so you can see it in the photo, because it's cute!

A closer shot.

Lid...

Lid…

The hand off to me, and wiping up a little spillage on the counter...

The hand off to me, and wiping up a little spillage on the counter…  Oh, and as if you didn’t already notice… We did slip a label on there for the photo.  =)

Here it is!!!

Here it is!!!

Awww!  We did it!!!  And then we did about a bazillion more...

Awww! We did it!!! And then we did about a bazillion more…

This is where the Baker's Twine comes in...

This is where the Baker’s Twine comes in…

Doesn't it look so Christmasy??

Doesn’t it look so Christmasy??

I love the simplicity of the Candy Cane colored bow, and the "Brown Paper Packages tied up with String" idea.

I love the simplicity of the Candy Cane colored bow, and the “Brown Paper Packages tied up with String” theme.

Truly, these are a few of my favorite thing!

Truly, these are a few of my favorite thing!

They are all ready now for gifting!  But... we still have our left over vanilla beans!  So, DO NOT throw them away or dump them out of the bottle.  Read below to find out what next week's blog will hold for those beans!  Merry Christmas!!!

They are all ready now for gifting! But… we still have all of our left over vanilla beans! So, DO NOT throw them away or dump them out of the bottle. Read below to find out what ideas there are to do with those beans, and that I will be blogging about in the very near future! Merry Christmas!!!

Yay!  We did it!  Mission Vanilla Bean Extract – ACCOMPLISHED!  So, what’s next?  Keep your beans in their jar and in a dark place for a week or two while you gather the things you want to “Vanillaify.”  Like that word?  I’ll be blogging about it soon.  I’m just waiting for my grey sea salt (fine) to arrive.  I didn’t buy the expensive brand.  I’m cheap, but if you want to go all out, go for it.  Here’s what I plan to “Vanillaify” with my beans:

  • Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Shredded Coconut (for Macaroons)
  • Grey Sea Salt (For Salted Caramel and Hot Chocolate w/ Salted Caramel)
  • And a few more things… like throwing a couple of beans into the my great-great-great-great grandmother’s rice pudding recipe while it’s cooking, because I KNOW it’s already killer good, and this is going to just send it to the moon and back.  So, be prepared to VANILLIFY!  In the meantime, enjoy packaging up you Baby Vanillas and sharing.Hey, if you like these ideas, or enjoy the posts, we’d love a pin or a comment.  Interacting with you all is such fun!Also, if you like the ornaments you see in the photos, there is a DIY post on how to make those on this site too.
    Here’s a link for my video demonstration:
    http://animoto.com/play/6sc0rvcBtHOJk270vQAfjw

Merry Christmas and Much Love!!!

~ Amie Joy (reyajoy) and ~ the loon and the grebe

NOTE:  See earlier post on Making your own Vanilla Bean Extract if you’re just now discovering this blog, and would like to learn how.  It’s so simple, you’ll never buy store bought again.  Thanks for stopping by!  Here’s the link:
https://sonshinegrove.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/make-your-own-vanilla-bean-extract/#more-2352
If you want to information on what to buy, and where to prep for making your Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract – Here’s a link with all of the information.  Note:  We recommend bypassing buying containers to make your extract, if you plan to make enough to just use the actual Vodka bottle.  It simplifies things, and is cost effective.  But there are alternate options made available in the blog post as well:
https://sonshinegrove.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/buy-your-vanilla-beans-now-its-time-to-make-our-homemade-beanilla-extract-for-christmas-time-woot-woot-we-make-it-next-week/#more-2095

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3 thoughts on “Bottling Up Our Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract!!! YAY! The Day Has Arrived!

  1. I don’t know about the guy in the plaid shirt, but look at what you did to the kitchen. This has got to be at least as good as Santa’s Work Shop. And I can’t wait to try some of that vanilla. Once again, you did an incredible job of packaging and personalizing. It is going to be so much fun giving them out this Christmas….

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