Did you know that you can easily make vanilla extract from the comforts of your own home? For me, the mouth-watering aroma of fresh vanilla is one that is difficult to beat. The aroma brings to mind visions of fresh baked cookies, pies and homemade vanilla ice cream.
So why not make your own vanilla extract? It tastes just as good, if not better than store-bought. Here is what you’ll need:
- 1 (8-ounce) glass bottle with tight-fitting lid
- 3 vanilla beans
- 6-8 ounces vodka of your choice
Split vanilla beans lengthwise so that their seeds are exposed. Place in glass bottle and add vodka until it reaches approximately 1-inch from the top. Place lid on bottle ensuring that it fits tightly, and store in a cool, dark area for 2-6 months, shaking occasionally. Steep the vanilla for longer if you desire a more enhanced flavor.