Has anyone else noticed the suddenly skyrocketed price of vanilla extract? If you are baking, then you are more than likely using vanilla and a lot of it. With the rising costs, how is it possible to keep expenses down?
There are some pretty awesome brands of vanilla extract out there on the market, many of which I’m sure you have tried. But did you know that with a little foresight and patience you could make your own?
There are several types of whole vanilla beans, the choice is yours:
- Madagascar Bourbon (which was used here)- rich and creamy with a sweet flavor
- Tahitian– fruity, floral flavor
- Mexican– sweet, creamy flavor with a mellow hint of spice
- Indonesian– smoky, woody flavor
With only 2 ingredients, a container and the help of a funnel, homemade vanilla extract is yours!
You will need:
Glass bottle with lid
8 oz of Good Quality Vodka (at least 35% alcohol)
5-6 Premium Whole Vanilla beans
Split beans lengthwise.
Put vanilla beans inside of glass bottle.
Fill bottle with premium vodka.
Seal tightly and store in a cool, dark place for 3-6 months. Vanilla will increase in intensity and darken in color the longer it mellows.
After time has lapsed, you may remove the pods, but please note the longer they stay the stronger it continues to get. You may also strain the liquid, if a beagles product is desired. Use as you would any premium vanilla extract.