Saturday, December 27, 2014

Homemade Vanilla Extract

I have had this on my to-do list for a ridiculously long time. But I never got around to it. I don't know why.

I have vanilla; I have jars; and I, usually, have vodka. Still it took until we got this vanilla infusion kit at the family Christmas party this week for me to actually do it.

Funny story: D picked this through the White Elephant Gift Exchange. My uncle tried to steal it from him. "I want that vodka," he declared.

There's no vodka, I retorted. It's a homemade vanilla extract kit. Later, when I looked in the bag and there actually was vodka. Whoops. I would have given him that vodka and kept the vanilla had I known.

I opted to use Tito's Handmade Vodka out of Austin, Texas. My rule: I don't cook with anything that I wouldn't drink straight. Tito's is a great story and this is a great vodka.

Thankfully, this recipe didn't use all of Tito's and I still have some for cocktails this week.

  • 3 vanilla beans
  • good quality vodka
  • stoppered jar

Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise, letting the caviar show. Don't scrape it out however. Place the beans in your jar. Fill the jar with vodka. Let stand in a cool, dark place for between 4 to 6 months.

I'll tell you how it is towards the beginning of July 2015. Wow...I have to be patient. But, I suspect it's gonna be good.

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