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With Christmas coming just around the corner it’s now time to start thinking about all the baking and Christmas gifts and all the many things you can do to ahead of time to keep the stress levels lower closer to the holiday. I found making my own vanilla as an excellent way for me to prepare for my yummy goodies and also offer as a Christmas gift to neighbors and family.
What you need:
1.| Wash and sanitize bottles and lids. I just stuck mine in the dishwasher and then let them dry. Make sure to have them thoroughly dry before using.
2.| I cut my beans in half and stuck 2 in each 4 oz bottle.
3.| Using a funnel I poured the chosen alcohol into each bottle until it reached the neck of the bottle.
4.| Store in a dark place and shake 1x a week. Best if used after 2 months.
5.| Put a label on and your done.
I wanted to taste the different varieties so I marked the box my bottles came in with a V for Vodka and an R for Rum to keep them straight. I also ran out of my amber bottles and put the rest of the beans in mason jars and put about 5 beans in each pint size jar. You can add more beans to your amber bottles for a stronger vanilla. It is always best to be stronger as you can add more alcohol if needed.
There are many types of vanilla beans. Each gives the vanilla a little different flavor. So there will be a difference in taste using Madagascar vs. Mexican, etc.
Different beans have a different taste
Mexican Vanilla Beans = Bold and Smokey
Madagascar = Rich and Creamy
Tahitian Vanilla Beans = Floral Aroma
1| Wash and sanitize bottles.
2.| Snip the tip of each bean off and then cut bean in half and place 2 in a 4 oz. bottle. (This really equals 1 bean pod cut in half.)
2| Pour alcohol over the beans and close tightly.
4| Place your filled jars in a cool, dark place.
5| Shake the bottles once a week for 1-2 months but 2-3months for a better flavor.
Can store in the mason jar.
These make excellent gifts.
Karie Babbitt is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer. Mother of three boys and one girl. She has raised a family of six on a single income for over twenty-five years. She will share how she budgets so she can travel to show her kids all fifty states before they leave her home. Her parenting fails and successes, budgeting tips, food and living life in bliss.