*warning, without giving anything away, if you normally receive a Christmas present from me, don’t attempt this at home…cause then you are a Grinch and will ruin Christmas for me.
Saturday Jack and I made homemade vanilla extract. It was extremely easy (start to finish it took 10 minutes), and I’m looking forward to testing the results when it’s ready in 8-12 weeks!
The process is foolproof…so says the person who doesn’t know what it taste like yet.
-vanilla beans. Don’t get the old crummy expensive ones from the store. These are lovely, had free shipping, and were shipped extremely quickly. And they made my mailbox smell heavenly.
-vodka or bourbon. Note if you don’t drink, visiting a liquor store is like a foreign experience. I told a Jewish friend of mine that it would be like if she visited the bacon store.
Step 1 – assemble your beans and kitchen shears, or a sharp knife (paring knife would be great):
Step 3 – find a glass jar with a secure lid. I used a quart sized canning jar. Fold the beans in to the jar:
Step 4 – pour 2 cups (for every 6 vanilla beans) of your choice of liquor in to jar: