Monday, February 20, 2017

Homemade vanilla

Drying, Vanilla Beans, Mauritius  The other day, I wandered through one of those cooking stores specializing in oil, vinegar, and vanilla.  I've never seen so many types of vanilla.  It appears the type is based on where the bean came from.

I enjoy making things from scratch just because I know exactly what is in it.  I realize that its often much easier to pop over to a store and just buy it.  Sometimes, it is great being able to make things from scratch just to see how its done.

So for making your own vanilla from scratch, it really isn't hard.  It only requires a nice bottle which will take at least 8 oz, 7 vanilla beans, and one cup of 70 proof vodka or rum, bourbon, or rum.

Step 1: Split the vanilla beans long ways or into pieces depending on which fits better in the jar.
Step 2: Add the vodka or other alcohol to the beans in the bottle so the beans are completely covered.
Step 3: Cover
Step 4: Shake a couple times a week
Step 5: Wait about 8 weeks and your vanilla is ready to use.

The type of vanilla bean used will determine the flavor of vanilla you end up with.

 I realize many readers may prefer a vanilla made without alcohol.  Yes, it can be done.  The directions are basically the same except you would use one cup of glycerin. Another way to make alcohol free vanilla extract without glycerin is as follows

1. Slice 8 vanilla beans in half. Place in bottle.
2.  Add 1/4th tsp of salt.
3. Add 1 cup of filtered water.
4. Cover with lid.
5. Place in the refridgerator.
6.  Shake once a day for four weeks.
7.  Shake a couple times a week for another 4 weeks.
8. It should be ready in about 8 to 9 weeks.

Enjoy making your own vanilla.  Let me know what you think.

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