a note from bonnie! happy monday, lovelies! since ashley pahl's drink recipes have been such a huge hit, i'm very excited to share with you today that she's coming on board as a weekly contributor- this time for a weekly diy project! to learn more about her (and just how adorably-sweet she is) make sure to head on over to her blog, indie pretty projects and check out her lovely etsy shop as well. now, won't you join me in a big warm welcome for her?
I've been cooking a lot more lately, and I've just started to realize how expensive real vanilla extract is - almost $4.00 for one ounce! Long ago I saw a recipe for DIY vanilla extract, and it's amazing how easy and cost effective it is - it came out to $1.01 per ounce! This would be even cheaper if you bought ingredients in bulk.
1 vanilla bean
3 ounces of vodka
Starting 1/2" from top of vanilla bean, slice length-wise down the bean, and stop 1/2" from bottom of bean. fold bean in half, and place in air-tight container. Fill the container to the top with vodka. Store in a dark place for two months, when it is ready to use. Shake occasionally.
Glass containers with corks would work perfectly - I used a plastic, screw-top bottle I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Handmade vanilla extract makes a fantastic gift - even after the extract is used up, the bottle with the bean still in it can be re-filled with vodka to make extract again.
My extract started out clear as vodka, but within two days it has already darkened some - I can't wait to try it out in a couple of months.
Have you tried making your own vanilla extract before? How did it turn out? Have you tried making any other kinds of extract for cooking?