Thursday, April 1, 2010

Making Vanilla Extract

The recipe is for my cousins Corie & Lauren who believe that vanilla extract should be pure and only sold in glass bottles.......I found this out one Christmas when it was on one of their wish lists.

How to Make Vanilla Extract:
from Simple Recipes

Commercial vanilla extract usually has simple syrup (sugar water) added to the extract to give it a sweet aftertaste. You can do this if you want, but if you are using the vanilla for baking, there really is no need.

Ingredients
3 vanilla beans (I found these at Penzey's Spices)
1 cup vodka
glass jar with tight fitting lid

Method
1 Use kitchen scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut lengthwise down each vanilla bean, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected.



2 Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid (mason jars work well). Cover completely with the vodka.



3 Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.

Lasts for years. You can keep topping it off with vodka once in a while as you use it, just remember to give it a good shake.

You can also make vanilla sugar by putting a split vanilla bean into a jar of white, granulated sugar. Great way to infuse the sugar with vanilla flavor for baking.

I made 2 jars and plan on giving one to my neighbor Missy who loves to bake

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