Why do we put things off? My excuse is time, but this takes maybe 15 minutes max, when you have on the ingredients on hand.
Now, I know there are people that can not even have alcohol in the house so I found a recipe that is alcohol free, gluten free, sugar free & vegan. I have the link at the bottom.
Making your own vanilla extract is so very simple.
1. Slice down the length of the vanilla bean and put the bean(s) in a bottle. I am making small batches here. Small bottles, I cut the beans in smaller pieces, so they would fit in the bottles. O.k. I am making myself laugh at the simple directions. EDITED: I was using 4 oz. bottles and used one vanilla bean for each bottle.
2. Pour vodka over the beans. Not in your mouth. In the bottle. The beans need to be covered. Note: Personally I think the best type of alcohol for extract has a neutral favor. So go for it. Though I have read about using other types of alcohol which creates a different flavor profile.
3. Shake that bottle several times a week.
Here is a slammin song to shake to...
Love Israel Houghton. So do my dogs. I kid you not, I am playing this vid while writing the post and they all jumped and started dancing around. I tell you, I have a great life.
Step 4. Wait about 8 weeks. I keep tasting it, to check and see how it is doing.
Then you will some delightful homemade pure vanilla extract. Way better than the store bought.
Update: The vanilla extract has reached it's 8 weeks extraction point & look...
I am planning on leaving the beans in there awhile longer to develop more flavor and a richer brown color. You are able to leave the beans in as long as they are submerged. The flavor just evolves.
If you will note, I have made my vanilla extract in dark amber bottles. I feel that this helps keep preserve the extract in darkness. If your pure vanilla extract is keep in a cold, dark location if should keep indefinitely.
Now, I know there are people that can not even have alcohol in the house, I found a recipe that is alcohol free, gluten free, sugar free & vegan. DIY Alcohol-Free Vanilla Extract by Desserts with Benefits.
The first time I used vanilla beans from Yoder's Market and got the smaller bottles from Amazon. I ordered more vanilla beans today (011315). I am planning ahead for Christmas gifts.
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