Is there one thing in your kitchen that you absolutely love? Well, I have one! It’s Vanilla. I’m not talking about vanilla that you get at the grocery store. I’m talking about the “good stuff”!!!!
I started making my own and let me tell you how simple it is. The worst part about it was I had to go to a liquor store and buy the bourbon. I don’t drink, so I kept thinking, “What if I see someone I know, like my pastor”. Well, I guess he might be embarrassed too as I might think he has a problem as well LOL.
Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with going into a liquor store. You might even find yourself ministering to someone in one of the aisles. Anyway, I grabbed a bottle of some bourbon from Kentucky. It said it was vintage, so that looked good to me!
You won’t go back to the regular vanilla you buy at the store. You just won’t. Make it one morning or evening, but don’t forget about it. Try to put the jar in a cabinet that you at least go in once a week. 🙂
6-8 Madagascar Organic Vanilla Beans
1 cup of Bourbon
Pour Bourbon into a jar with a good sealing lid. I use my Wide Mouth 20oz. Jar
Then, take each bean and cut it down the middle with a knife and scrape out the oh so good stuff aka vanilla beans. This is where the magic comes from. Put the vanilla beans that you scraped off in the jar along with the entire bean.
Put the lid on tightly and then get a sticky note and write the date that you made it. You’ll thank yourself later so you can remember how long it needs to cure for LOL. Put your jar in a dark cabinet and shake it about once a week. In 2 months, it should be ready! You can transfer to a small jar for easier storage and then give some away, if you want to. 😉
This stuff is pure gold around my house! It is my secret ingredient in all of my baking recipes. 😉