Bessie and I do a lot of baking (which I am sure comes as no surprise, based on the interminable cooking posts). This means we tend to use a good deal of vanilla extract.
Several times I’d read on ask.metafilter.com (as I have said before – my source for everything, so worth the $5 sign-up fee) that one could make vanilla extract with very simple ingredients.
I know! Who knew?
I’d been planning to give this a go for a while and decided now was time to carpe the diem. So, this afternoon, armed with supplies:
cheap vodka | vanilla beans | air-tight bottle ($2)
And a recipe from simply recipes, I began the extremely arduous vanilla extract preparation process:
And in less than 5 minutes it was bottled and ready for storage (in a dark place).
I’ll report back in two months and see how it compares with the queen version, which is our usual pantry staple.
I think the best part of this (if it works) is that you can keep topping the bottle up with vodka indefinitely!
ZOMG! I just clicked on one of the links in the recipe and found beanilla. I want to buy everything there! (I’ll bet shipping is about $87 billion).
<edited to add> I was close, shipping is insane. Damn you antipodes!