For a few years, I wanted to try my hand at making homemade vanilla extract.
The upfront cost scared me out of it. I would ask for birthday and for Christmas for vanilla beans and vodka, to no avail.
|My vanilla beans soaking|
My husband and I went to Meijer to buy 3 liters of Vodka. Man did we feel like we were ready to party it up. Next time, I think I will try to find a higher proof of Vodka. That might take a little more searching though :)
I decided to try out some vanilla beans from ebay. I didn't know about trusting the people, but I checked their feedback and picked wisely. Hasn't affected us yet! Check around online to see what people recommend of how many vanilla beans to put into a liter. There are some various opinions.
Cut your vanilla beans down the center and stick in the bottle of vodka or put both the beans and the vodka into another glass jar. Let the jar sit in a dark place for anywhere from 2-6 months. Make sure to shake occasionally. I started using ours around 2 months. Pretty good stuff!
I bought these Boston Round Bottles, 4 Oz Pack of 12 from Amazon to be able to give the vanilla as gifts.
I was pretty pleased with how the vanilla turned out. One of these days I will get to make more!
I am by far not a vanilla making expert though, so I would love to hear any advice that you have!