I SO enjoy the flavor of vanilla. It is my favorite. I usually double the vanilla extract called for in EVERY recipe. IT is. just. that. good.
a while back, I made the “mistake” of using Pure Vanilla Extract. No going back to imitation which I had been buying from GFS for years.
I KNEW I had to slow down with the vanilla usage or I would have to cut myself off from buying it.
my friend’s sister said she made her own vanilla. Well……
I did too and you CAN too! Here is how! Be patient it does take time. Oh, you will enjoy this….I hope.
* My friend purchased the vanilla beans from Amazon. I purchased the vodka. (OK. Fine. I asked my husband to get it for me…..the look on his face WAS priceless!!) We ended up spending nearly the same amount, I think I had to give her $2 to make it all even. Maybe you can find a “vanilla” buddy too, it is costly to start, but when it is all said and done you will be getting a WHOLE lot of AWESOME vanilla.
* FYI : My bottles of choice are ~ For the LARGE one I used my empty Imitation Vanilla Extract Bottle from GFS. For the SMALL one I used my empty Imitation Vanilla Extract Bottle that I purchased from Strack. Though I am sure you could come up with your own bottle. Just be sure it has a tight-fitting lid, as you will be turning the bottle upside down a time or two and shaking…..
* UPDATE* * I fill a bottle with the vodka, add the 10-12 vanilla beans, let set for 2 weeks, pour 1/2 of it out into a smaller bottle. Fill the large bottle with as much vodka as I took out. Let set for 2 weeks, shake, swirl, etc. Then use the Vanilla (in the large bottle) till it is all gone, as the vanilla beans have given you all they can give. (In others words, no more Vodka refills :(. Just start a whole NEW batch with new Vanilla Beans! )
Pure Vanilla Extract
4 c. vodka
10 – 12 vanilla beans
Take a sharp knife and carefully split the vanilla bean open, not cutting all the way through, you just want the beautiful beans exposed (to get even MORE vanilla flavor, you can gently scrap the beans so they are loosened a bit). Put the split vanilla beans in a bottle, with a tight-fitting lid, and add the 4 c. of vodka. Put lid on. Shake a bit. Put in your pantry, and stare at it occasionally, shake once in a while, admire it, swirl it around a bit, be impatient, but BE patient and don’t use for 2 weeks so the flavor has time to develop!!!! Use when Vanilla Extract is called for in ALL of your recipes. Enjoy! I really hope you ENJOY!!!!
Thank YOU Stephanie for telling me about this “recipe”!!!!