Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Homemade Vanilla Extract

I learned about this homemade vanilla extract from Desserts with Benefits a few months ago. I've been letting my vanilla beans soak for a month, and I can't wait to use the extract. I'm forcing myself to wait the full 9 weeks, to make sure it gets nice and saturated. I opened the bottle two weeks ago to smell it, and I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to take a bath in it.
My brain is pretty fried, please excuse the shortness of this post. I can't wait for Spring Break!!

Homemade Vanilla Extract
Courtesy of Desserts with Benefits
{I doubled the recipe so I could use up most of the Pinnacle bottle)
Vanilla beans- 18
Pinnacle Whipped Cream vodka- 2 c + 4 tbsp
*If you use the whole vodka bottle, I'd recommend adding 2 or 3 beans to the mix. You could also use a different bottle.
1. Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise, just deep enough that you pierce through one side- you want to expose the seeds but keep them attached to the bean.
2. Place the vanilla beans inside the filled-up bottle. Place the lid onto the bottle and shake up and down a bunch, at least 10 times.
3. Store the bottle inside a dark and cool cupboard/pantry and shake once a day for 4 weeks. For the following 5 weeks, shake it every 2 or 3 days.
4. After 9 weeks, use the vanilla! Shake before using.


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