REMINDER! It’s time to make your vanilla extract so it has time to brew and let the vanilla beans do their thing. Start it now and it will be ready for the gift giving season.
I even have a better spin, make it ORGANIC……You will love the full robust taste of this vanilla extract and knowing that it is organic is even better.
This is my brew that I started one year ago in January. You can also let it age longer if you want. This is one thing that gets better with time and/or age.
Make your own Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract. It needs to brew at least 6 months, to let the alcohol extract the flavor from the vanilla beans, but I think the best full flavor vanilla needs to brew a year or more. The delicious flavor is well worth the wait.
I started this brewing in January 2015.
You will only need two ingredients……organic alcohol, I used vodka but you could use rum or another of your choosing if it is organic.
I bought Yankee Traders Whole Organic Vanilla Beans, 4 Ounce from Amazon for my extract. You can buy any brand you like but if you are wanting to make your vanilla extract organic, buy organic beans.
These little bottles are perfect for the extract…..the dark color will protect your vanilla extract from the light. Here is the link to these 4 oz. bottles. Boston Round Bottles, 4 OZ Pack of 12. This recipe will make approximately 24 – 4 oz. bottles of vanilla.
The vanilla bean pods should be moist and fresh. If not moist they could be old. I like the Yankee Trading Post brand because they are always a good quality. I cut my vanilla bean pods in thirds.
Once all cut you are ready to add the cut beans to the vodka.
All done. Store in a dark space……the first couple of weeks shake daily, then after only once a month.
You will want to strain the vanilla extract through a cheesecloth before adding to your 4 oz. bottles to catch the remnants of the bean pods.
12 months later you can bottle up your vanilla. There are lots of option for making labels. I will be posting how I made these, so check back soon.
How easy is this? Do you enjoy making gifts for your friends and family?
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