If you followed my blog long enough, you’d know very well that i’m a vanilla bean person. I hardly ever use vanilla extract/essence. But there’s going to be a change.. Why?
Because i’m going to make my own ;)
I’ve read a number of blogs on this. And i really like a particular blog’s post on it. That would be Joy the Baker. Love the post, description and photos :)
It can’t get any simpler than this!
Homemade Vanilla Extract
1 cup vodka
3 vanilla pods
A jar that can be closed tight
This recipe is pretty much standard from the blogs i’ve read.
Vanilla pods! Ahhhhh :D
I did it slightly differently from what i linked above. But its all quite similar. What i did was to split each vanilla pod lengthwise, then crosswise.
Place it in your jar.
And will with vodka! You should only use the vanilla extract after at least 2 months. The longer the better of course, it’ll be stronger! How awesome right? Not splurging on expensive pure vanilla extract or wasting money on the very fake tasting vanilla essence. Just keep adding to this magic jar :D
Honestly, i didnt follow the measurements. As in the ratio of vanilla pods vs the vodka. Because if you ask me, in that two months, i’d be throwing in vanilla pods now and then. After scraping out the seeds for a cake or something, i’d probably just dump the rest in anyway. IMHO, i dont think it really matters.
Don’t worry about the vodka, because by the time this is ready for use, the vanilla would be so strong and fragrant and awesome, you won’t be able to smell/taste the vodka. Cover tight and store in a dark place :)
I’ll be constantly updating this post on the colour change and stuff! Watch this space ;)
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Thanks for reading, though! Hope you guys enjoyed this post :)