Making homemade vanilla sounds very 'gourmet' but it
is super easy. Yesterday, my friend Laurie and I got together
and made a couple of gallons worth.
To avoid spending a fortune making the
divine amber nectar, buy your beans in bulk. I bought
150 high quality vanilla beans on Ebay for about
50 bucks. The little vacumn packed bundles
arrived in the mail in about a week.
The next step is rounding up some tall glass containers
(large canning jars with lids work just fine) and some
vodka (cheap is fine). For a quart jar we put in about 10-12
split vanilla beans. We filled the jar with vodka and then put the
lid or stopper on. By Christmas, we will have plenty of
great vanilla to give away as gifts and to use in our
holiday baking. I wonder if we made enough?