Saturday, December 24, 2011

Vanilla Extract

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This year I decided to make home made vanilla extract to give as Christmas Presents.

I wanted something that was home made and practical.

Almost everyone needs vanilla extract at some point or another.

I found recipes and inspiration at Sprinkles of Parsley and Joy the Baker.

Check out these blogs for other great recipes!

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Start with gathering your supplies.

If you don't live somewhere that has specialty shops this is where I ordered mine online.

Bottles from Specialty Bottle. I ordered 25 of the 4-oz clear round glass bottle with top.

Making Vanilla Extract 1

Beans from Beanilla. I ordered 25 of the Bourbon vanilla beans to start with, then I ordered 25 more to add a little more flavor to the extract.

Making Vanilla Extract 2

Next a co-worker of mine gave me this bottle of vodka for my project.

Making Vanilla Extract 3

However, it only filled 13 & 1/2 bottles. So one more bottle was needed to complete the project.

Directions:
  • Pour vodka, just under 2/3 cup of vodka per bottle, through a funnel into the glass bottles until it reaches almost to the top.
  • Then cut your vanilla beans in half, then length wise to expose the seeds.

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  • Drop all 8 pieces of 2 vanilla beans into glass bottle.

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  • Screw on tops.
  • Allow to steep for 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Label as you see fit.  I just put a little bit of refilling directions and a Merry Christmas with a use after date!

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Happy Christmas Eve. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! 020

1 comment:

  1. That looks so awesome! What a fun project. :D

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