Making your own vanilla is cost effective and has only two ingredients: Vanilla beans and vodka. Most commercially bottled vanilla is 4 ounces which is ½ cup. I can't think of many things I pay that much for and get so little.
I try to research and gather information before beginning any project, so I read dozens of websites to come up with what seems to be the best bean to vodka ratio.
The second question most commonly asked was what type of booze to use. The best alcohol to use is one that is a 35% to 40% (75 to 80 proof) mid price range alcohol. A really good rule of thumb, never use alcohol that you wouldn't normally drink. The vanilla extract will taste better if you use quality alcohol but you don't need the top shelf expensive alcohol. Mid price range vodka seems to produce the best results. Most of us already know that the better the quality of ingredients the better the out come of the recipe.
I have enough beans to make a couple bottles of vanilla now, with lots left over to make vanilla for Christmas gifts!
|Vanilla beans, moist and oily|
Grade A or gourmet/prime vanilla beans are superior for cooking, but for vanilla making Grade B or extract grade vanilla beans can be used. And their cheaper than Grade A.
How to Make Vanilla
What you’ll need:
- 8 Vanilla Beans per 1 cup (8 ounces) vodka (I used 10 beans per cup)
- Bottles (my bottles are 16 oz or 2 cups)
- Cutting board
|Slice beans lengthwise then into half or pieces|
|Drop cut beans into the bottle|
Using a funnel pour the correct amount of vodka into the bottle.
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Vanilla Extract, Day 1
Maintaining The Vanilla