Dec 22, 2008
Homemade Vanilla Gifts
I found this great idea for HOMEMADE VANILLA EXTRACT..YUMMMM. The mastermind behind this project is Lisa of Laundry Tree. And now, notes and recipes in Lisa's words:
Vanilla Extract Recipe
Some recipes call for Everclear. I had Smirnoff vodka so that's what I used.
16-ounce jar or bottle with tight-fitting lid
16 ounces vodka, top-shelf brands not required
6 vanilla beans
Cut the six vanilla beans in half lengthwise, leaving about 1 inch connected at one end. Put the beans into the jar and pour in the 16 ounces of vodka. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place for about 8 weeks. Give it a gentle shake about once a week.
I EVEN ENCLOSED THE LINK TO THE LABELS I USED!
Vanilla Sugar Recipe
I used spent beans from making vanilla extract to flavor the sugar. Dry them a couple of days before adding them to the sugar.
1 vanilla bean, whole or scraped
2 cups granulated sugar
If vanilla bean is whole, slice down side of bean with back of knife and scrape seeds into airtight container with the sugar. Bury bean in sugar and seal tightly with lid. Let sit for 1 to 2 weeks. Use as you would regular, granulated sugar.