Homemade Vanilla Extract
This morning I realized I was nearly out of vanilla extract (not the artificial stuff you can purchase but the real vanilla). I wanted to add a little flavoring to my coffee after a night of little sleep thanks to a random Siamease cat on my doorstep that sounded like he was dying at 2 a.m. My dog did not like the sound of a shrieking cat! So the old cat/dog play was on 🙁
I have been making homemade vanilla extract for several years, thanks to my friend Mary who told me about it 🙂
I ordered Tahitian Vanilla beans from Tahiti (online) They smell delicious as soon as you open the packaging! Not the fake perfume vanilla smell but a warm pure vanilla! I keep them in a storage bag until I need to use them again… (ice cream, creme brûlée, etc…)
Here’s the recipe I hope you like it! It takes about a month for the vanilla to be ready to use so plan accordingly. If you want to make vanilla infused vodka to drink you can just use the mix after about one – two weeks. 😉
Homemade Vanilla Extract:
1 mason jar
1 bottle of vodka- Your choice on the brand…….
3 vanilla bean pods
First I assemble my materials
Second step is to cut the pods lengthwise to expose the delicious vanilla bean on the inside.
Third is to put the pods into the mason jar (or jar of your choice)
Fourth step is the vodka- fill the jar to cover the pods
Fifth step is the waiting game…. Vanilla flavor or Vanilla vodka 🙂