Thursday, November 14, 2013
Homemade Vanilla Extract
I like getting people gifts and I like planning and thinking about what would be perfect for my family and Austin and his family, but then there are those other people that I don't know what to get.
Homemade food is an especially good idea. Homemade vanilla in cute little bottles is the best idea. The only catch? You need to start now, like this weekend. It requires very little work on your part, but it does take about 6 weeks to sit. So put it on your to-do list.
HOMEMADE VANILLA EXTRACT
Recipe makes 1 small glass bottle (about 3/4 c.). Multiply for as many bottles you'd like to make.
1 vanilla bean
3/4 c. vodka
1. Cut the vanilla bean in half. Then, starting about 1 inch from the end, split both halves. Place in a small sealable glass container (I got mine from The Container Store).
2. Top with 3/4 c. vodka.
3. Store in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks - it will continue to get darker as time passes.
*You can continue to refill your vanilla, adding more vodka and more vanilla beans as needed.