I did it!
I sent my husband to the liquor store, and we made our own vanilla extract.
First, gather your ingredients:
Vanilla beans, a mason jar, and a bottle of 80 proof or higher liquor. We used vodka, I’d like to experiment with rum next time.
Here are my pretty vanilla beans, I highly recommend this seller, I’ve been VERY impressed with the price and quality.
Aren’t they stunning? You’ll want 3 beans per every cup of alcohol.
Slice your beans lengthwise leaving an inch at the top uncut.
Expose the inner beauty of your beans.
Place your beans in the jar and pour in the alcohol. Our mason jar and our Vodka bottle were the same size, holding 3 cups of liquid. It worked out nicely.
Seal your jar, give it a good shake, and think to yourself, “Gee, this is really clear, am I going to have a clear extract that won’t dye my frosting brown?”
Place your jar in a cool, dark place and give it a good shake once a week or so.
Unfortunately, it won’t be ready to use for 2 months.
And I can’t even tell you how ours worked out, because it hasn’t been that long yet.
But I can tell you one thing:
So how did I, as a good Mormon housewife, justify making my own vanilla extract?
I realized that all the store-bought extracts are just as alcoholic as this is, I discussed it with my husband, and we decided together that we felt it was okay.
But I’ll admit, I was still too leery to go to the liquor store by myself.
I’ll let you know how it turns out, I’m SUPER excited!