Monday, December 14, 2009
Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen - Vanilla Vodka
This is one of the easiest homemade Holiday gifts. It is a little on the expensive side when it comes to homemade gifts, only because vanilla beans are not cheap but the expense is worth it.
In case you are wondering, I bought my glass flasks at The Container Store. They offer a wide assortment of glass bottles and jars.
Per 250ml glass jar, you will need:
1 vanilla bean
250 ml vodka (cheaper the better!)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 coffee filter
1. Split vanilla bean. Using a small knife, run the blade up the bean to remove the seeds.
2. In a large re-sealable container, add vodka, vanilla bean and extracted vanilla seeds. Cover and store in a cool, dark place for 1-2 weeks.
3. After 1-2 weeks, set up a funnel on the glass jar and line with a coffee filter. Strain the vodka through a coffee filter, into the jar. Add pure vanilla extract. Place the vanilla bean in the jar and seal.
4. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.
Incidentally, if you concentrate the vanilla flavour (reduce the amount of vodka and increase the amount of vanilla beans), you will eventually create homemade vanilla extract!