Monday, March 14, 2011

Got Vodka?

I have been wanting to make my own vanilla for a long time. After reading this post at Heavenly Homemakers, I decided to order some vanilla beans and give it a try. Fast forward 6 months and I finally get some Vodka AND make the time to put it all together. I am such a procrastinator. Ugh!
Now the jars are tucked away in my canning cupboard where they will stay for several months (or longer if I forget about them)! Of course, I am excited about them so I keep checking them to see if anything is happening. Slowly but surely the vodka gets a darker color.

I can't wait to use my own vanilla in baking! The chocolate chip cookie recipe that I've been using takes 2 Tablespoons of vanilla- yep, Tablespoons. That recipe is here. It has gotten rave reviews around these parts.
The next thing I want to try is vanilla sugar. It's another one of those complicated recipes. Cut vanilla bean in half and put into a jar with some sugar. Let sit. Maybe I'll try that recipe today or tomorrow or...

3 comments:

vwiller said...

There is nothing like the smell of freshly cut vanilla bean...nearly intoxicating itself!! Just my opinion.

vwiller said...

There is nothing like the smell of freshly cut vanilla bean...nearly intoxicating itself!! Just my opinion.

Elizabeth said...

What a great idea to make your own vanilla extract.