Wednesday, February 24, 2010

~ Homemade Vanilla Flavoring ~

Last Friday while Dh and I were out to pick-up the hens , we stopped by the liquor store to get some vodka. I use vodka for my tinctures , but my main reason for picking up vodka was to make more homemade vanilla flavoring . You may remember I made vanilla flavoring for the first time about a year and a half ago. I think it was Kathie over at Two Frog Home that posted about making your own homemade vanilla flavoring , it was the first time I had heard of making your own. Well , it's definitely worth the time and effort put into it . You can order organic vanilla beans here ~ http://www.organic-vanilla.com/servlet/StoreFront ~ . I've ordered from them a couple of times , the first time for myself and the second time for my sister-in-law. I was very pleased with the vanilla beans and the service I received. If you're a baker , you know how expensive vanilla flavoring can be. But if you buy some vanilla beans and vodka you can make your own , it's economical , no preservatives , corn syrup or added artificial colorings , the taste is heavenly and it's so easy to make. If you google making vanilla flavoring , you'll find many different techniques , you may find another technique that works for you. But this is how I made it ~ http://www.ehow.com/how_4454043_make-vanilla-extract.html ~.




I made a score/slit down the length of the vanilla bean first , you don't want to cut through the bean as shown above , just enough to let the inside of bean be exposed for extracting.




then I cut the vanilla beans into 1 inch pieces ,



put 4 or more vanilla beans in each pint jar , add 2 cups of 100 proof vodka , put lid on each jar and shake , be sure to label and add date. I also marked the calender with the date that it will be ready. In six to eight weeks , you can strain it or leave the vanilla beans in and strain as needed. I leave the beans in , because they add more flavor over time. I added a tbsp of this flavoring to the snow cream I made for Valentine's Day and it tasted like French Vanilla ice cream , umm ~ sooo good.

The weatherman is saying we might see an inch or 2 of snow tonight , so maybe we'll have snow cream one more time before " Spring ".

Hope Everyone is having a good week !

~ Blessings ~

JoyceAnn

12 comments:

Mother's Moon's Message said...

How funny.. I just posted about this very thing this morning...

http://rantingsofacrazedwoman.blogspot.com/2010/02/bottle-of-vodka-and-few-vanilla-beans.html

It is the only way to do vanilla... simply wonderful

JoyceAnn said...

Wow ~ I blopped over and read your post , we were on the same wave length today (LOL). I agree it's the only way to do vanilla. Hope you read this , I couldn't leave a comment on your blog.

~ Blessings ~

Vickie LeBlanc said...

It cracks me up to see how much you and I are alike. I made homemade vanilla two weeks ago. How long do you leave it ? Mine already smells heavenly.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Vickie ~ The first batch I made , I just used it straight from the jar I made it in. I never removed the beans , it just got better with age. I don't mind the seeds and flakes in my vanilla. I did wait 8 weeks before using it though. I made 3 pints this time , plan to strain and bottle some for my daughters. I'll probably use mine straight from the jar , just like the last batch.

~ Be Blessed ~

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Snow cream would be really nice to have. I haven't had it in years.

This looks so easy and simple to do. I sent the links to family.

Now is that four beans or four, one inch cut beans pieces you put in each jar?

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Callie said...

What a great idea! I can almost smell those vanilla beans. mmmmm

judie said...

Hey JoyceAnn. I dont always comment but I visit a lot. I love reading about your homestead and I'm totally in love with all your chickens and their individual personalities. Ah wuvs chickens! xoxoxo

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Flassie ~ We didn't get snow , so no snow cream :0(. You add 4 whole vanilla beans , cut up in small pieces.

Hi Callie ~ Glad you dropped by !

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Judie ~ You put a smile on my face this morning :0) , loved your comment. Glad you like reading about the chickens , they're wonderful quirky birds , that's for sure.

~ Many Blessings ~

frugalgravy said...

I knew a guy that tried to make homemade vanilla extract but all he made was homemade vanilla flavored vodka. I do have to say it was still good-lol. That looks wonderful, very rich and colorful, unlike what he made.

AkasaWolfSong said...

Thanks JoyceAnn for the recipe...I am going to try my hand at this and see how I faire...

Blessings! :)

AkasaWolfSong said...

JoyceAnn...which vanilla bean did you purchase?

Just curious! :)