Homemade Vanilla Extract – a Bakers Best Friend
First, what kind of vanilla bean is the best? Our research shows that you're going to want to buy the Madagascar vanilla bean. But not just any old Madagascar bean, you'll want to pick up the grade B bean, as it is better suited for homemade vanilla extract. They contain less water and although they are smaller in size they pack the same punch when it comes to flavor. We found an in depth article on this subject on the Daily Herald website that you're going to want to check out.
The supplies that you need to make homemade vanilla extract are: vanilla beans, vodka and 4 oz bottles with caps. According to the Daily Herald article, if you skip the vodka, you will find that you won't get the familiar color, texture, aroma or taste that your used too. We put a few links for the ingredients below if you prefer to shop online.
We found a great step by step recipe with lots of images that makes it easy for you to get it right the first time over at marinhomestead.com
Here's an idea of what you can expect:
Cut the vanilla beans and split them down the middle.
Put three pieces in each bottle and fill the bottle with vodka.
Close the cap tightly.
let the beans soak. It is recommended that the beans soak for at least two months, but the longer you let the beans steep, the stronger the vanilla flavor.
Put labels on the bottles and they are ready to be gifted.
Hint- When the extract is getting low, all that needs to be done is to add a little more vodka, the extract will last a long, long time.
If you start this process in the Fall, it might make a nice Christmas gift for family and friends. What kind of homemade gifts do you like to give for the holidays? Share your gift ideas with us on our Facebook page.
Here is the link to the instructions on how to make vanilla extract: http://www.marinhomestead.com/featured/how-to-make-homemade-vanilla-extract/
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