Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract
This is a follow-up on the Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract that I posted last year. Do you see how dark it is? I wish you could smell it because it smells amazing! It is one of the easiest things you can make and it never goes bad.
As I use the Pure Vanilla Extract in baking I add more vodka to keep the vanilla beans covered. This bottle is my mother bottle. I keep a small bottle from the mother bottle, without the vanilla beans, in my cupboard for baking.
Pure Vanilla Extract is so expensive. It is with good reason too. It takes a good six months to get a wonderful taste. The longer it sits the better it gets! I keep mine in a paper bag in the cool, dark basement and just shake it about once a week. It is made with alcohol and vanilla Beans. The expensive part is the vanilla beans. When I purchased my beans they were at the peak of cost. I was so excited to try this that I did not care. I used one large bottle for gifts and one large bottle for me. I use a lot of Vanilla Extract but as you can see, I still have most of my bottle left. Keep in mind that you can make any amount that you wish. If you want to make a small bottle, just keep the beans covered with the vodka and follow the same process.
Here are some pictures of different stages of the Pure Vanilla Extract. Compare those to the picture above and what a difference!
Here is the link to my original blog with the directions on how to do this process. http://indianeskitchen.com/2017/03/09/pure-vanilla-extract