For Christmas, we received a gift that included a make-your-own vanilla kit. I’m completely fascinated by it.
Want to play along with me and make your own? You’ll need:
- 5-6 real vanilla beans
- 3-4 cups of vodka
- bottle or jar
You split the long, skinny vanilla beans lengthwise with a knife so that all that delicious essence can seep out.
I wish you could have smelled them. I swore I caught a whiff of giant vanilla wafer cookie on steroids. So. Yummy.
Pop them into your bottle or jar. Fill the bottle with vodka (we managed to put in a little over 3 cups).
Let sit in a cool, dark corner for 4-6 months.
According to our little bottle, we should be able to refill the bottle with more vodka for up to seven years. Did you catch that — A SEVEN YEAR supply?! That’s just plain crazy. We use a lot of vanilla for baking around these parts, so I’ll be interested to see how much mileage I can get out of these beans.
I’m so curious to know exactly what we’ll get, but I’m a little worried it’s not going to be anything like the stuff I get at the store. I have a feeling we’re going to have some interesting cookies this May.
Have you ever made your own vanilla? How did it turn out? Anyone want to get some vanilla beans and compare results in a couple of months?