Vanilla extract: necessary, expensive, and so easy a monkey could make it. After the jump, I’m going to explain this to you, and you’re going to feel like a fool.
First things first: you need to get your stuffs:
For every 2 ounces of vodka, you need one vanilla bean. Get out a paring knife and slit the vanilla bean lengthwise. Put it in the jar. Dump the vodka/clear neutral grain spirit in. Close the jar.
Let it sit for 3 months somewhere dark-ish and dry. Shake it when it occurs to you to do so.
If you are like me in any way, and I assume you are if you read and enjoy my bloglette, you cook with vanilla bean every so often. Use the leftover bean pod, the ends, or whatever by tossing them in and topping with more vodka periodically.
I’m serious. This is it. It takes less than one minute, including the cleaning of the jar. You can use this basic principle to make whatever extract your loony little heart desires.
Are you going to make this? Please say yes.