Thursday, January 20, 2011

Make Your Own Vanilla

I admit. I had no idea 1.) how vanilla extract was made or 2.) that it could be made in one's home.  Then, my wonderful cousin Lauren surprised me and other family members with these:

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Aren't they the cutest? And it turns out Lauren was ahead of none other than Ms. Martha! Because I opened Martha Stewart Living this month (Christmas gift!), and this is what I see.

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Lauren is so cutting-edge. What really surprised me is how EASY it is. I'm going to shorten this, but basically, you take vanilla beans, scrape out the seeds, and stick the pods in bottles with vodka...and then shake them every day for a month or two. That's it! I'm so going to try this one day once Lauren's runs out. I'm wondering if I can do the same with anise extract!

3 comments:

  1. this is so interesting since I can't buy vanilla extract in the stores here in Saudi because of the alcohol thing...

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  2. So I guess the make-your-own with vodka is also out, Colleen? :) I don't know if you would like to try this, but I saw on another blog somewhere that you can also make anise extract with water, you just have to do it much longer. I don't know if I believe that. Have you ever tried just the beans or vanilla bean paste?

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