My Christmas preparations have started and first was this vanilla extract. Earlier this week I went to the Spice Souk with my friend and we picked up some bargain spices for use over Christmas.
This is the first time I have tried to make my own extract and I chose to make a non alcoholic version of the fragrant extract.
It was really simple to make, took less than 5 minutes probably and I found the recipe here and scaled it down to a smaller ‘trial’ size version. Here is the original recipe:
- 2 vanilla beans
- 1 1/2 cups glycerin
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Slit beans down the middle, and scrape down seeds.
- Place both in glycerin and warm water.
- Place in a dark jar (or a light jar in a dark place).
- Let sit for a month or so.
- Shake often.
- Strain. (optional).
I’m a bit late making this to use for my Christmas baking but at least in the new year I should have a great home made vanilla extract to incorporate into my baking! I will give you an update. Maybe I will cheat and taste my concoction in a couple of weeks! I got the jar cheaply from Ikea and will be using them to store many of my home made Christmas gifts.