This is something I have wanted to do for a L-O-N-G time but somehow, hadn't gotten around to doing it. I have had some perfect sized glass jars ready to go for such a long time and every time I saw them, I would think, I must do something about that project! So last week I bit the bullet and ordered some vanilla on line, went to a liquor shop and bought the cheapest vodka I could find and yesterday morning got those two ingredients together, to work their magic.
Now all I have to do is wait the two months for the vanilla to permeate the vodka and I can start using it. I have gone with the "keeping the vanilla pods whole, intact and uncut" method of making this vanilla essence so then I can harvest all the black gold (the vanilla seeds) to use at a later date.
I sourced the vanilla from here and the vodka was, as I said, just the cheapest that the liquor shop had. I didn't outlay a huge sum of money so if this little project doesn't work out, I won't be too upset.
The ratio I have used is very generous, as I would rather use more vanilla per volume of vodka to have a better chance of it working out. So the ratio I used is - 4 vanilla pods per 250 mls to 300 mls of vodka
|Ingredients for homemade vanilla essence-vanilla pods and vodka|
|Add 4 vanilla pods to clean glass jars|
|Pour vodka over and put lids on. Simple|
I will get back to you in 2 months to see how this project has gone. Wish me luck