How to make vanilla extract
December 6, 2010 § 6 Comments
My fingertips smell delightfully like vanilla.
Step 1: Obtain vodka
Easy – I bought Sobieski, which I was told was decent-tasting for its $11.95 pricetag.
Step 2: Obtain vanilla beans
I conducted a thorough search of local specialty grocery stores and found, at best, 3 Madagascar vanilla beans for $9.99. I needed 25 beans so I purchased Madagascar Bourbon beans from Vanilla Products USA via eBay. I received 55 Madagascar Bourbons and 10 Tahitian for $17.05 including shipping.
Step 3: Slice vanilla beans lengthwise to expose caviar
Step 4: Place into bottle
Step 5: Repeat
Step 6: Remove excess vodka displaced by vanilla
Step 7: Cap, shake, and photograph before storing in cool dark place. Wait 6 months, shaking occasionally.
PS – This is a tattoo placed on beans to identify its plantation.