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Sunday, September 23, 2012

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

DIY Vanilla Extract 
If there is one product I am picky about in baking, it is Vanilla extract. It is very hard to find good quality pure vanilla extract anymore. Even the ones that say "pure" or "real" are full of corn syrup most of the time. I usually go to Sur La Table or Williams and Sonoma to find high quality Madagascar vanilla and it costs me almost $20 for a bottle. This does not need to be the case. Vanilla is actually quite simple to make at home, and affordable. 

You only need 3 ingredients:
Filtered Water

I get my vanilla beans from olive nation.For the price of one jar at Sur La Table, I get 50 pure soft and scrumptious vanilla beans. You only need one bean per bottle, so you can make 50 bottles with that! Their beans are certified gluten-free and certified kosher. They are very high quality. I LOVE them! I ordered 4 ounce bottles from Uline

As I said before you will need one full vanilla bean for each 4oz jar. Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise to expose the vanilla bean pulp. You do not need to pull out the pulp. The Vodka will suck all the flavor out of the bean for you. Now cut the bean in half again and plop into each bottle. 

Using a funnel Pour the filtered water into each bottle until they are halfway full of the water.
  Now fill the remainder of the bottles with your vodka. 
 Seal the lid and your Vanilla will be ready for use in 2 months, and lasts for years if stored in a kitchen cupboard, it actually just gets better with time.  
These make great Christmas gifts! So get started right away!
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