Friday, January 13, 2012

Vanilla

_MG_3373.jpgThese little brown sticks are vanilla beans in case you've never seen them before.
_MG_3372.jpgHere we have a large jug of vodka. It's not only great for daiquiris and other drinks though. Today we're making our own vanilla. Aren't you excited? It's the easiest thing you'll ever make.
_MG_3375.jpgTake your vanilla beans and a some scissors. This is optional, but I like to slice the beans.
_MG_3376.jpgI feel that it gives more flavor quickly when the beans have been sliced.
_MG_3378.jpgFind a mason jar or other container. I love using mason jars for whatever I can. We have them all over our house.  Place a few vanilla beans in your jar. I think I ended up with 4 beans in there.
_MG_3380.jpgAdd some of that wonderful vodka to the jar.
_MG_3533.jpgStick a lid on the jar. Shake it up every so often. After a few days your vanilla will have a beautiful golden caramel color to it.
_MG_3531.jpgAfter a few weeks or a couple months you will get a deep amber brown color letting you know that your vanilla is ready to be used. Now go and make some cookies. This jar is actually over a year old. When it gets low I just add more vodka. I also just started another jar since it seems like I use quite a bit a vanilla around here. Stop buying that nasty imitation vanilla with disgusting fillers in them. Make your own and know what you're putting into your body. Vodka and vanilla is a win win, right?

6 comments:

Lauren said...

Where do you buy your beans? And how long you can use them before they lose their vanilla-ness?

JAN said...

I bought the beans from a local grocery store in the spice section. I'm not sure how long the beans can be used to make this vanilla, but the beans itself have a long shelf life. I did read somewhere that the vanilla extract is like red wine and gets better with age. I've used them same beans for over a year now and they still taste great.

Virginia said...

Look around when you buy the beans. Our local grocery store has one bean for $12.00. I then went to a Bob's Red Mill store and found them for $3.00 each.

Gretchen said...

Yum! I've never made vanilla and didn't know it was that easy. I actually thought this post was going to be about some syrupy vanilla-y frou-frou mixed drink. This is way better.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

This is great! I keep meaning to make it for gifts but I didn't realize you could keep adding to it! Thanks.

Jenna said...

Thanks for this post! My hubby and I have been saying for over a year that we are going to do this and about a month ago we finally bought the vodka. However, we had not taken the time to buy the beans. So, after opening to your blog yesterday and seeing your post, I immediately closed the computer, grabbed the keys, and told my husband I was running to the store for vanilla beans. I cut them up and cleaned up a mason jar. They are sitting on top of the fridge as we speak. Yay for our own vanilla! Thanks!