Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Making a batch of Vanilla Extract. I smell wonderful.

Making your own Vanilla Extract is so easy. Here's my recipe. Buy a bottle of vodka. This time I bought a 1.14 litre bottle. I have tried multiple brands and Smirnoff is definitely the best. I add 20-30 Madagascar Organic Vanilla Beans. {I get them on eBay} For this larger batch, I used 30 beans. Split the beans. Pour about a cup of vodka out of the bottle and start adding the beans. When the beans are all in the bottle pour the vodka back in to the bottom of the neck which gives you the space in the bottle so you can agitate the beans. You just tip the bottle gently end over end. I do this every day for a week or so and then a few times a week, and eventually I just do it now and then when I walk past it down in the larder. A lot of people consider it done in a few months, but I age it for a year. Drink the remaining vodka.
You would not believe how good I smell right now!!! Vanillaaaaaaa.
Closeup of beans. Aren't they beautiful.



Gardeningbren said...

I am doing that with cucumber and gin. Oh what a beautiful smell. Only has to sit about a week or so though! I might give your vanilla vodka a try. Nice for Christmas.

Mark Willis said...

Vanilla beans are very expensive here. 20 -30 beans would cost a fortune.

Erin said...

Oooooooo. That sounds delicious.

Erin said...

This is where is get mine Mark.