I bought a bottle of vodka to make several products. The first was homemade vanilla extract. I bought my vanilla beans in a small sealed tube at the grocery store in the bulk foods section. It included two beans, so I made a small bottle for my first try.
Name brand vodka (70-90 proof)
From my research, the kind of vodka you use matters. It’s like cooking with wine. If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t use it.
Cut the vanilla beans in half crosswise. Drop the cut beans into a bottle or jar of straight vodka to cover the tops.
Put the top on tightly and shake gently and store in a cool dark place.
My good friend Jeanne showed me how to make vanilla extract. She does lots of baking, so she makes large batches. I don’t use much, so my small bottle should last me quite a while.
My beans cost about $4.00 for two and I only needed a small amount of vodka. In total, it cost about $4.50. That’s about half the cost of store bought for the amount I made. And making it yourself you know exactly what ingredients are included. That’s worth more than money.
Come back next Sunday and see what I made next with my bottle of vodka. -- Margy