Every time I go into Savory Spice Shop in Boulder I seem to walk out with a new project. Last December my project was homemade vanilla extract. It’s been ready for a few weeks now and I’ve been using my own version rather than store-bought stuff in baked goods. It’s super easy to make at home. Here’s how I did it-
I started with a 3 oz package of Madagascar “Bourbon” Vanilla Beans (Did someone say Bourbon? You’re speaking my language!). Slice the pods, scrape out the insides, chop up the pods into inch-long pieces, and add it all to a cup or so of vodka.
Let it sit a couple months, shaking it every few days for the first few weeks.
Use it as you would traditional store-bought vanilla extract, and since the vanilla beans stay in the vodka mixture, replenish what you used with fresh vodka to get more bang for your vanilla buck.