A week ago Monday I reported that I wanted to make my own vanilla extract. Fellow bakers, I have done it!
I got a lot of positive feedback on this project. Several of you commented on my blog or on my Twitter feed that you’ve been doing this for years and won’t go back to buying it in the store again.
I ended up choosing bourbon to make mine. There were exactly three cups of bourbon in the bottle, so I put nine vanilla beans in quart mason jar for my extract. It takes at least two months to do its thing before I can use it, so I’ll have it in time for holiday baking. Many of you told me it’s best after six months or longer.
This was easy to make and was completed in less than five minutes. I used a new one piece canning lid to seal my jar.
Now that I’ve made my vanilla, my next project is homemade dishwasher soap. That should be happening this week. I’ll be sure to report back to you on whether it works or not!