I've been reading on blogs how to make homemade vanilla extract. I always end up buying the imitation at the store because I just can't bring myself to pay for the real. Today I finally made my own and want to share with you how easy and simple it was.
All you need is a bottle of vodka, dried vanilla beans and a glass mason jar (or some type of glass jar)
The vodka that I used was the cheap stuff, from what I've read, you don't need to use the expensive brands.
The recipe is very simple 1 cup vodka + 3 beans + 2 months = Vanilla Extract
Before placing the beans into your glass jar, you need to split the beans lengthwise, leaving the ends intact. I found it was easiest to split along the side rather than on top.
Place the jar in a cool dark spot for 2 months and your vanilla should be ready to be used. You do not need to remove the beans when the 2 months are up.
I purchased my beans from www.vanillaproductsusa.com on EBay. I bought a pound of beans - you don't need that many - I only used 24 beans making the 8 cups of extract. After my reading, I chose to use Tahitian beans, just a matter of personal preference.
I received this bonus pack of 10 extract Grade B Tahitian Vanilla beans with my order. I have not opened the package. If you leave a comment on this post, I will send this packet to one reader next week. I will draw a name on Sunday 3/14/11. Please make sure that I can reach you through your blog, or leave you email address on your post.
Have a great week. ~Ann