If you have 3 vanilla beans and a cup of vodka, you are 8 weeks away from your own vanilla extract. We just made ours a couple days ago, so we're 7.5 weeks away from enjoying ours, and we can't wait to report back. We'll be brainstorming vanilla recipes in the meantime. (We're open to ideas...)
You can also use rum or bourbon if you prefer! I like the neutral flavor of vodka myself. You may discover (if you haven't already) that vanilla beans are pretty pricey. But once you've started using your extract, you can top it off with more vodka and the pods will continue to flavor your extract. Plus, if you use vanilla beans for a recipe, you can put the scraped out pods into the jar and continue to feed the extract, making it last forever. A good investment!
Homemade Vanilla Extract
- 3 vanilla beans
Cut each vanilla bean in half (so that they will be completely covered by the vodka when they're in the jar. Slice each bean open lengthwise, exposing the seeds but keeping the bean intact. Place the beans in a jar that has a tight-fitting lid. Pour the vodka over, close the lid, and give a couple shakes. Put the jar in a dark, cool place, and once or twice a week give it another shake. After 8 weeks, your extract is ready!
- 1 cup of vodka