I was nervous.
But I finally did it.
I walked into a liquor store! With my kids! Bought a half gallon of bourbon.
And no one batted an eye!
It was a breeze to make. Here’s how…
- 1/2 gallon mason jar (or Fido or other glass jar)
- 1/2 gallon of bourbon
- 1/4 pound Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans (I split the 1/2 pound bag with a friend)
This step was time-consuming, but the rest was easy, so… What you have to do is take a paring knife and slice through one side of the bean so you can open it and scrape out the “seeds” with a spoon.When you buy vanilla paste, this is what you find in it, so the seeds aren’t bad. It just depends whether you like your vanilla extract very clear or not. I did my best, and it took about 25 minutes to slice and scrape.
Then, you place the vanilla beans in your jar, top with bourbon (you can use vodka or rum), cap, and wait.
You will want to leave your vanilla extract (to be!) in a cool, dark corner of your cabinet or kitchen for about 8 weeks for best flavor.
When you use it, just spoon out what you need, and put the jar back in your cabinet. It can stay this way a very long time, and only gets richer with age
Check out the photo right above to the photo right below – see how much darker it is after 8 weeks?
I actually plan on taking a pint or so out for easier access, letting the rest age away.
I wonder how long it will take before I finish the jar. Hmm…..
|Lea Harris founded Nourishing Treasures in 2006. A mom passionate about her family's health and well-being, Lea believes education is power. Encouraging others to take baby steps in the right direction of health for their families, Lea's goal is to raise awareness of what goes into our mouths and on our bodies, providing natural alternative information that promotes health and prevents disease by using traditional foods and nature's medicine.|
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