You can make your own. You only need 2 ingredients, and a container to store it in.
Vodka (the cheap stuff, but at least 80 proof) I hear you can use rum too, but I haven't tried it
Vanilla Beans (I like at least one whole bean per cup of vodka, but I usually add more)
I cut the beans in half, the snip up the center making a V shape. Drop them in the vodka. Let it sit 6-8 weeks and you will have the best Vanilla extract ever!
|the jar is full with vodka, the beans sink to the bottom|
You can just put the beans down in the Vodka bottle if you like, but I pour mine into large mason jars and use a reusable lid. Then I place them in a paper sack and stick them in a cool dark place (aka my pantry). Occasionally you can give it a shake for fun and to mix it up a bit. I like to see the progress.
|I write on the sack so I know when to start using my vanilla|
|This is from my first batch|
I know we just finished up Christmas, but you could get a big head start! This makes a great gift. Bottle it up in a pretty bottle for the baker in your life!
Have a blessed FOCUSed day!