Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vanilla Extract

I made my own vanilla extract! I’ve actually been saving a cute bottle for almost a year for just such a purpose. :o)  It was so easy that I wish I had done it sooner.

Start with a bottle of 80 to 100 proof vodka. I’ve heard you can even go higher proof than that. But only if you can get it in your state…

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Then you’ll need vanilla beans. Use 3 beans for every cup of vodka.

Split the beans in half with a sharp knife to about 1-2 inches from top.

vanilla 03Place split beans in a quart canning jar and pour vodka over beans.

vanilla 05Let stand in a cool dark place for at least 2 months.

vanilla 06It will darken in about a day…

vanilla 07After about 2 months it will be ready to use. Vanilla will stay good for years, stored in a cool dry place.

When mine was ready I placed a few of the beans in my cute little bottle and poured in the vanilla.

vanilla 01vanilla 024-8-11 022     Now you’re all ready to do your baking!

1 comment:

  1. Homemade Vanilla is the best! We started making ours a couple months ago. We also found that rum adds a great flavor to the vanilla if you use it instead of the vodka.