As promised, here is a post from a pre-holiday project that has waited until now so as not to spoil any surprises.
You may remember that a couple of years ago I tried making vanilla extract. I posted on day 1 and day 30, but no final results. After the allotted couple months from the recipes I had found, it hadn't intensified and was basically vanilla infused vodka.
|Original batch at 30days|
This time I wanted more! So I did way more! I used almost half a pound (buy in bulk online) instead of the few for the original batch and steeped them for six months!
The result was an intensely aromatic and delicious vanilla extract.
The deep color and aroma of the extract is solely from the vanilla beans without any added colors, sweeteners or dilutes. It is absolutely divine and cost a fraction of store-bought bottles of similar size and quality.
Most was given away as gifts and I still have more than I'll use in the next year. I'll fill up the jar again and by the time I run out I'll have a whole 'nother batch.