I recently saw an advertisement for a premium vanilla extract in the Sunday newspaper. The ad pointed out that many popular brands of “pure” vanilla extract actually contain high fructose corn syrup, a highly processed food additive that I don’t let in my house or in my body. Certain that the brand of vanilla extract I use couldn’t possibly contain HCFS, I checked the little bottle in my pantry. Sure enough, my “pure” 100% vanilla extract really wasn’t all that pure!
Disgusted, I tossed that bottle in the trash. However, the high-end vanilla extracts are just too expensive for my budget. What’s a Homemade Mother to do??
Make Homemade Vanilla Extract!
I did some research on-line and the basic recipe is the same no matter what site I landed on. So, last month I started my first batch:
Slit vanilla beans lengthwise and put into the jar. Top off with vodka, seal, and store in a cool, dark place for 2 months. Give it a good shake whenever you think about it.
If you’re worried about the alcohol, keep in mind that all extracts contain alcohol and alcohol bakes off while your baked good is heated in the oven.
Rumor has it that this will last for years. Just keep topping off with vodka and replacing a vanilla bean every now and then. I have another month till I can use it, but I love it already because:
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