Making Homemade Premium Vanilla Extract
Last year I was given the gift of a Vanilla Infusion Kit by Rose & Ivy (www.bellbuckle.com) for Christmas. Inside the corked glass bottle were 3 beautiful Madagascar premium vanilla beans. The instructions told me to split the beans lengthwise and fill the bottle with premium vodka. I was then to wait 4-6 months and store the bottle in a cool, dark and dry place. The wait was well worth it! As a do-it-myself kind of foodie, I can honestly say this was a great present. I’m now addicted to making my own delicious vanilla for my baking.
It’s easy to make your own vanilla extract for yourself or as a gift to a friend. All you’d need is an airtight glass container (sterilized ball jar would work), some premium vanilla beans, and some premium vodka. To make this vanilla exactly as you want I’d choose whatever vanilla beans smell the best to you. I’d also use your favorite premium vodka (Stolichnaya for me) to ensure your perfect vanilla. As I mentioned before, you’ll want to split the vanilla beans lengthwise to expose the flesh. You then add them back to the bottle and fill the bottle with vodka. Cork it tightly and keep it in a cool, dark and dry place for 4-6 months. I would shake it up gently about once a week just to make sure it all blends well and it’s also fun to see how it develops that gorgeous amber color over the months. Once you begin using your vanilla, you can keep adding more vodka to it to replenish for up to 7 years. I hope you decide to try this neat do-it-yourself recipe. It’s honestly the most fun I’d had with vodka in a long time. : )