Monday, September 12, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Did you know you can keep homemade vanilla extract for 25 years or longer?  I had no idea.  This is so easy and simple I don't know why I haven't seen this done more often or I'm catching on to the bandwagon late....that is probably it.   I've read different recipes for this and you can either split or halve the vanilla bean pods to infuse the extract with seeds but I just left them as is.  I plan on opening the vanilla bean pods later when I need the seeds for a special recipe like vanilla bean ice cream or vanilla bean panna cotta.    


2 whole vanilla bean pods
About 3/4 c vodka or enough to cover

Place the vanilla bean pods in a container.  I used a jelly jar.  Cover the vanilla bean pods with vodka.  Let the jar sit in a cool dark place for at least 2 months.  It is best after 6 months.  Replenish the vanilla bean pods and add more vodka as needed.


Kathy said...

Mon, this is so cool! I have some vanilla bean pods on hand and I'm going to try this!

Monica said...

my jar is sitting on my counter right now. you should try it especially since you bake so much!

DrunkOnShoes said...

gosh ur so adobrs! random question. what do you use to combine two pics into one pic like that? or i guess how are you doing this? =)

Monica said...

@dos: thanks shai! you are not so bad yourself. lol!! to answer your question, i use picasa. it's really easy to use and it's free. let me know how you like it!

DrunkOnShoes said...

oh i use picasa too. how do u do it on picasa?

Monica said...

i just downloaded the software and it has editing tools that you can use to make collages. i'm not talking about the website version of picasa.

DrunkOnShoes said...

i figured it out today. teeheeheee

u will see on the next post. lol!

thanks doll!

i just got lightroom so let's see how that turns out in the future. lol

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