Alright, when I saw the my sister-in-law was making her own vanilla with a bottle of Vodka, I thought she was a little nutty.
Then, I went to the cupboard and looked at my imitation vanilla in the cupboard. Ingredient list was Water, alcohol, vanilla bean extractives, and sugar. Interesting!
So, I went a did some looking at how to make a more PURE vanilla. I checked out my sister-in-law's info and HER sister-in-laws info. From there, I ordered my vanilla beans from Olive Nation. I paid $13.46 total for 16 beans. (Free Shipping!)
When I received the beans, it took me several days to get up the strength to go to the store and buy vodka! When I did, I felt I needed to explain why I was buying it! The cashier said, "Honey, I don't judge!". But, I'm a God-fearin' woman, who doesn't drink this stuff! I promise!!! I'm sure after doing this a few times, I won't feel the need to explain, but this day I did...
I got home and put my stuff together! I cut the beans long ways with my kitchen scissors. And stuck all 16 in the vanilla. I think I saw where you put 10 or 12 in but I got 16 so I thought I might as well use them all and maybe it will last longer! You can continue to reuse your beans for several more batches of vanilla!
After only a day and a half, this is what the beans looked like!
You should let the beans sit, for 4-6 weeks. It has been ONE week for me so far, and it has darkened dramatically AND already smells heavenly! I can hardly wait!
When are YOU gonna make yourself some??? :)