Making Homemade Vanilla Extract

| 2/20/2014 11:27:00 AM

Erin BaldwinLast summer, we purchased a small bottle of locally made vanilla extract from a friend of my sister’s who was selling her products at our local Farmers' Market. I popped it open as soon as I got home and the aroma was intoxicating; after the first time I cooked with it, I vowed never to use store-bought extract again.

After doing some research, I learned how simple it is to make extract at home and this past weekend that’s just what I did.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredients: Vanilla beans (any variety) and vodka (or bourbon, rum or brandy)

Ratio: 5 beans to 1-cup vodka


2/27/2014 2:37:27 PM

Erin, wow, no cooking involved. I like those kinds of recipes. Even an old bachelor like me could do this but then I don't think I've used vanilla for any thing in the last 12 years. I just don't do much fancy cooking. Fancy to me is any thing more than meat, potatoes, and corn. The traditional Nebraska meal. :-) Yeah, I know. Kind of boring, huh. ***** Have a great vanilla making day.