Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Homemade Vanilla Extract- *Updated*

**Update to add**- Vanilla can be bought online or at some grocery, natural and gourmet food stores. We have also had friends who were visiting some of the Florida Keys and other islands bring some home for us. They are much cheaper that way.

We learned how to make vanilla extract from a friend when he was showing my MIL how to make homemade angel food cake (btw- yummiest thing ever!).

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and commented! I'm getting all kinds of new ideas for posts here. Keep the requests coming!

Vicki gave me the idea to post this. Thanks, Vicki!

Vanilla Extract
3 whole vanilla beans
1 quart brandy (We use J&B, but any will do)

Place the vanilla beans in the bottle of brandy. Re-cap tightly. Write the current date on the bottle. Let sit for 3 months, turning the bottle over and back once a day. After 3 months are up, you can remove the vanilla beans and discard. Use in any recipe calling for vanilla extract.

Tips:
~To make sure you turn the bottle each day, place it on the counter top near your sink or coffee maker.

~Purchase small bottles and fill them with your homemade vanilla extract for gifts. You can even make your own labels on the computer!

5 comments:

Margaret said...

Don't laugh - where do you get vanilla beans??? And where did you learn how to do this???

delilah said...

I can't wait to try this. I think regular grocery stores are starting to carry vanilla beans in the spice isle. I saw them at Giant Eagle.

Stephanie said...

That does sound good!

Margaret said...

OK - suggestions for recipes... do you have a good (and relatively easy) beef stew recipe??? You know, potatos, carrots, onions, beef and a good gravy???

Alexandra said...

I did this with some homemade cologne only with Vodka. It really works, but it does need to sit for a long time to extract the vanilla. The cologne took 2 weeks just for the scent to extract.

We got our vanilla beans at a regular grocery store in the spice isle.