When I went to get some vanilla for the baking season, I had some concerns. You see not all vanilla is created equal. In fact not all vanilla is even vanilla! So what were my options? I decided to try my hand at making our own vanilla. It is really not that hard it just takes patience and time. If you want some in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas baking you better get started real soon though, because the process takes at least three weeks.
What you need.
- a bottle to make the vanilla extract in
- a couple of vanilla beans.
- some vodka. The cheap kind will work.
Split the Vanilla beans, This will allow the alcohol to dissolve and absorb more of the oils from the beans.
Place the beans in the jar and add the vodka.
Now here comes the hard part. Sit it in a dark cupboard and wait. Three weeks is the minimum amount of time, but it can sit longer.
Now here is the good news. You can reuse your vanilla beans, after making the extract. As long as the beans still smell like vanilla you can keep on using it to make more vanilla.
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