Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract

Ingredients:

10 Vanilla bean stalks
1 L. Bottle of Vodka

Have you ever tried to make vanilla bean extract homemade? I just did! I am so excited about the project and I'm hoping for a tasty outcome.

Here is a picture of my jar, along with 10 grade A Madagascar bourbon cured vanilla bean stalks sitting straight up and not bent. I ordered them from a company selling on Amazon. They are not cheap but in the long run, I believe they will be worth the money. The clear liquid is from a full bottle of vodka. I may have a lot of explaining to do when my husband finds the empty vodka bottle in our recycling bin.

Vanilla Bean Extract


I also ordered a glass leak-proof swing top cap jar that is slightly taller than the vanilla bean stalks so the liquid will fully cover them.

Now, I just need to place the jar in the pantry waiting for the vanilla beans to flavor the vodka and change it into vanilla bean extract.  This will take months, but I believe it is well worth the effort.  Once it has a nice dark color and you can smell the sweet vanilla, it is ready! As I use it I will keep adding more vodka to keep the vanilla beans covered with liquid and add additional vanilla beans as needed.

I will post an updated picture when ready. Stay tuned!

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