Monday, August 24, 2009

Homemade Vanilla Extract

I have been wanting to make vanilla extract for a long time but I wasn't sure how. I found several recipes on line, but just didn't get around to it. So I finally did it the other day. It takes about 6-8 weeks before we can try it and I will keep you updated on how it goes.

Vanilla Extract

3 vanilla beans
1 cup vodka**

Pour vodka into an airtight container I used a mason jar. Split vanilla beans down length but leave one end together. Put vanilla beans into jar and put on lid. Store in a dark place and give a shake once a week. In 6-8 weeks you will have your own vanilla.

When it turns a dark carmel color it is ready. I have heard of people adding a bit of sugar to sweeten it a bit for the finish.

**You could also make this with bourbon if you would rather. I am going to give it a try too.

**Don't forget about the cookbook giveaway**

1 comment:

  1. Neat! I had never heard of this before. I'll bet it's going to be delicious for all of those yummy baking recipes. :) Happy Monday. :P


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