Sunday, November 4, 2012

Every year I make homemade vanilla extract.  You just can't get the same flavor from store bought vanilla.  Homemade vanilla extract is prized for its full, rich, complex flavor and an incredibly smooth aroma. Homemade vanilla extract is truly in a different league than what can be procured from most grocery stores. The difference between pure vanilla and imitation vanilla is simple. Pure vanilla extract is made from vanilla beans, while imitation vanilla utilizes imitation flavors and chemicals.

Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

-Jar or Bottle
-Vanilla Beans in your favorite variety (rule of thumb is 5 beans per 1 cup of alcohol)
-Vodka, but you can also use Bourbon, Rum or Brandy

1. Use a knife to split the bean in half, leave about ½ inch at each end intact.

2. Put your vanilla beans in your glass bottle or jar and cover with vodka.

3. Close jar or bottle and store in a cool, dry place for at least 8 weeks. Give the bottle a shake every week or so. As you use the vanilla, simply add in more liquor to replace what you have used.

Click here to download free labels for your homemade vanilla

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