Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Who Said Vanilla Is Boring?

As you may know (or not), I'm a tightwad. I just hate spending money when I don't have to. I decided to try to make vanilla extract since the real stuff is so expensive and the fake stuff doesn't taste as nice.

Here's what you need: vodka (or some other mild tasting liquor- some people use rum), vanilla beans, a sealing jar, a knife, and 8 weeks. That's it.

The recipe calls for 3 beans per cup of alcohol. My leftover syrup jar holds just over a cup of vodka, so I used 3 beans.

Cut the beans lengthwise. I also cut mine in half since my jar is short.

Put the beans in the jar an shake shake shake! You can see the little vanilla bits floating in this picture.

Store the jar in a dark place and shake every now and then. After 8 weeks it'll be ready for use! I'm so excited to use this, I can hardly stand it! I'll report back in 8 weeks!


Deb said...

Way to go Katie girl! I never thought about making my own! The seeds of the vanilla bean come out once you slice them lengthwise and I think most of the flavor is in the seeds - but I could be mistaken. I can't wait to see how it turns out! Love you, Momma

Becky said...

That is fantastic, Kate!!! I can't wait to see how it turns out. I really want to try that. I go through a lot of vanilla and I'm sure it would save me money to make it myself.

Jennifer said...

Very Cook Katie! I'm gonna have to make me some HM Vanilla, my friends will think I'm the bomb diggity, lol. I use ALOT of vanilla too!

Kelly or Alex said...

That is a great idea and you will love it. I did the same thing when I visited my mom in Florida. She loved it too. It turns the most lovely shade of amber and smells heavenly. You will enjoy it.

Terri said...

mmmmmm, sounds yummy! I'll have to try that.

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