*I apologize profusely for the lack of posts as of late….internet has been scarce due to the move but is supposed to be installed this coming Friday (basically an eternity from now). Until then posts will be limited….and I will continue to live as though I am in prehistoric times*
When I first saw this recipe on Annie’s Eats, I assumed it wouldn’t be easy (extracting just sounds hard). Well let me tell you, I assumed wrong. Making your own vanilla is a dream (especially if
you’re a vodka lover you have vodka on hand) and will save you from weekly (expensive) vanilla runs ( if you love to bake as much as me). All you need are vanilla beans, cheap vodka, and bottles (I got mine at the Christmas Tree Shop but they can also be found here ). Fill your containers with vodka and split the vanilla beans before adding them (use three beans per eight ounces of vodka). Tightly close the lids and place them in a cool, dark location for about two months. Shake occasionally. Whenever you finish a bottle, just refresh with a new bean or two and refill with vodka.
I made 3 bottles so I have back-up when one runs out, although these bottles do last a while (mine I started using in January looks almost untouched). FYI these also make great gifts (just ask my mom!). One more FYI, definitely let this sit for the full 3 months, otherwise it will just taste like shots of vanilla vodka…which you may be ok with if you’re a vodka lover and all..
Source: Annie’s Eats