I love to bake…. a lot. It seems like many of my recipes call for vanilla and I go through a lot of it. Well I am finally tired of paying out the nose for tiny bottles of vanilla and I refuse to use the artificial kind. So what is a girl to do? Make her own vanilla extract that’s what! And honestly it is so simple to do, I wonder why I haven’t done it sooner!
You only need three things to make your own vanilla extract….. Vanilla beans, vodka or Everclear (which is what we used) and time. For me the alcohol was easy to find, but seeing where we live, finding Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans at a reasonable price was a little tougher. So of course I turned to the internet to source the beans. We found a really good deal on Amazon and the beans arrived in no time flat
So now what? Do you just pop the beans in the bottle? No!! You need to split the beans. So with knife in hand I started the “hard work” of making my extract. Start by pouring a little of the alcohol out of the bottle to make room for the beans. Don’t worry if you pour too much out, it can be added back in. Next we “split” our beans, simply scoring the bean with a knife. Now many folks stop right there and plop the beans in the alcohol. But you know me, gotta be different! I wanted to make sure to get the full potential from my beans.