How to Make Your Own Vanilla
I have been wanting to start my vanilla since day one and finally took the first step of purchasing 1/4 pound of grade B vanilla beans today from Amazon! Will Cook for Friends has a great explanation about how to do this and what kind of beans and vodka to use. This is really going to take some patience because the product is not usable a couple months and you could let it sit for up to 12 months! WHAT?!? This is definitely the reason for my procrastination which is quite a silly reasoning since had I started this on day one of my blog it would be within a few weeks of trying it. Oh well, such is life :)
Here's the plan ... as soon as my beans arrive
8-10 vanilla beans
8 ounces of vodka
Split beans and remove seeds. Place beans and seeds in glass jar. Pour vodka over beans. Close tightly and shake. Allow to sit in a dark place for 4-6 months, shaking occasionally. Anytime after 6 months, strain vanilla from beans and store in a dark, tightly sealed bottle.
Nothing very exciting today but it's one more step closer to going homemade!