Home Cooking Tips & Advice
to make your own vanilla
You can make your
own vanilla instead of buying it at the store (or the artificial
vanilla ) in the stores. And surprisingly, vanilla is made
For every two cups
of vanilla, you will need 3 vanilla beans and 2 cups of vodka.
First, split the
vanilla beans in half and scrape the seeds into a blender.
Then drop the vanilla beans into the blender with 1 cup of
vodka. Blend until beans are chopped fairly small. Then add
remaining 1 cup of vodka and blend on high for about 8 minutes.
Pour into bottle and store in a cool dark cupboard.
You can strain
the beans out, but normally, as long as you don't shake the
vanilla bottle before using, they will stay on the bottom
and continue to steep in the vodka. If you prefer to strain,
use cheesecloth to strain the beans out when you place it
in the bottle or as you use it.
Shaking the bottle
periodically will help distribute the color to the vanilla
(yes, it will go quite dark!)
You can use the
most inexpensive vodka, you don't need to use Grey Goose!
For best results,
allow the vanilla to sit for a year before using, but you
can begin to use it after about a month, although the vanilla
won't be as strong immediately.
makes a great gift!