Can you tell I’m trying to tie up loose blog ends? First the quilt, now the vanilla.
In June, I started making vanilla extract … basically you just get an air-tight container, fill it with liquor (vodka, rum, or brandy are good choices) and stick in several split vanilla beans (just cut them lengthwise with a sharp knife). Then wait for a longlonglonglong time.
By July, the vanilla was starting to extract but it still smelled strongly of alcohol. The tall bottle is rum vanilla extract, and I started another little jar of vodka vanilla extract.
When the holidays rolled around, the extract was ready! I decanted it into little glass bottles (each with a little chunk of vanilla bean inside) and labeled them to give as gifts along with homemade gingerbread cookies.
After I decanted the vanilla extract into the little bottles, I refilled the big bottles with rum and vodka (plus some fresh vanilla beans added to the ones that were already there) so that I can make more extract for next year!
And this is what it looks like now. (The little jar is the vodka extract… it’s not really that much darker than the rum. It just looks that way because it has more depth)