A while back, while we were still in Pensacola, I was a part of a a Vanilla Bean Co-op where I bought vanilla beans for $0.28 each! If you have ever bought vanilla beans at the grocery store, you know what a great deal this is! I have been looking forward to making my own vanilla extract from the beans, but with the move and everything, am just now getting around to it. I love pure vanilla extract, but unless you are in Mexico, its SO expensive at the stores & for such a small bottle too! Making your own, especially if you can get the beans from a co-op or online for cheap, is SO much more affordable.
Here's what you need to make your own Vanilla Extract.
Step one: 8-10 vanilla beans.
Step two: get yourself down to the local liquor store and find yourself a 1 Liter of Vodka-80 proof.
I got mine at the military shopette on base (tax free), so that's why it is called military special ;)
Not gonna lie...it was kind of comical going into the liquor store right after church on Sunday to get our bottle of Vodka.
Step Three: Split the vanilla down the center to expose the beans inside
Step Four: steep split vanilla beans into the bottle of Vodka, or you can transfer it to a different glass container if you prefer. Shake it real good, with lid tightened, and let steep in a dark area four four weeks to 6 months *waiting longer will yield best results. Shake bottle about once per week until its ready to use!