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Friday, April 24, 2015
Homemade Amazing: Making Vanilla
out the above video.
good friend of mine made his own vanilla and I decided to try making my own. He
explained the procedure and it could not be less complicated.
buy vanilla beans.
cut the vanilla beans up.
put them in the vodka.
shake daily for a month.
probably should let it age four to six months—shaking regularly—and keep the
bottle out of the light. Cover it with a brown paper bag or wrap it in duct tape as I did.
are different theories about what vodka to use.
say to use the cheap stuff. (ICK!!!)
say to used the good stuff, but that would such a waste of a bottle of
chose a mid point: Seagram’s Extra-Smooth Vodka. I enjoy martinis and, for a
relatively low priced vodka, it is as it advertises: extra smooth.
is my bottle with the vanilla beans in it.
taking the picture, I duct taped the bottle and noted the
would advocate against using cheap vodka because inexpensive vodka can have a
harshness to it. Not all culinary applications of vanilla extract are cooked.
Therefore, I would not want an aftertaste to mar the experience.
I am not endorsing them, BUT their price was reasonable, the speed of delivery quite good, and I have no complaints. I would purchase from them again.
I am making 1500ml of vanilla extract. I will NEVER use that much, so my plan is to make a "homemade amazing" gift box for select family and friends this Christmas and a small bottle of what I hope will be amazing vanilla extract would be one of the gifts.
Learn to cook.
This could be a great way to open a conversation about prepping.