Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Extract


I always see homemade vanilla recipes out during Christmas time.  It would make a wonderful gift.  This year I decided to try it, but lo and behold, you have to let it sit in your cupboard for 3 months.  Well, now it it spring and not really gift giving season.  I have just given some of mine away as a "hey you are cool, do you want some homemade vanilla?" gift.  Whatever works.  It certainly won't go bad anytime soon, so you could save it for Christmas.

I bought my vanilla beans on amazon, because where I live, it seems to be hard to find them.  I was very happy with them, they came nice and soft.  I read somewhere that a hard, brittle vanilla bean isn't fresh and  you shouldn't use it.  There are also 3 types of vanilla beans.  I used Madagascar vanilla beans, because that is what amazon sold at what I thought was a reasonable price for vanilla beans.  (It has taken me a long time to justify spending money on vanilla beans.  When they came, I treated them like gold and made everyone smell them).  I also used UV vodka.  It was cheap and came in a big bottle.

Homemade Vanilla adapted from Joy the Baker
1 pint vodka
6 vanilla beans

 Slit the 6 vanilla beans down the middle and place in pint glass jar.  Fill jar with vodka.  Close lid tightly and store in a cool dark place for 3 months.

After three months, you may want to dispense them in pretty jars...or not.  I totally handed my friend a mason jar full of vanilla and it was cool.

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