In all the back to school preparation and activity, I designated this past weekend for freezer cooking and other meal prep. As I made the plan and gathered ingredients, I found a package of vanilla beans in the produce drawer and added homemade vanilla extract to my list.
I put two of the half gallon mason jars into the dishwasher, grabbed my short grocery list and stopped by the liquor store that is near our local grocery store. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been in a liquor store (since the last batch of vanilla extract) and I was so surprised by the babies tending the store. Surely they are not old enough to be working in a liquor store! So young, in fact, that they didn’t know they are supposed to ask me for id.
All that aside, on Sunday while one of my daughters made 2 dozen breakfast burritos for the freezer, I made the vanilla extract.
It is a very simple recipe, about 80 vanilla pods, snipped lengthwise to reveal the beans inside. Two half gallon mason jars with these plastic lids. Two large bottles of vodka, 1.75 liters each.
After snipping each vanilla bean, and nearly wearing a hole in my finger where the scissors rub, drop into the glass jars. Then fill each jar with the vodka, put on the lid, and stash in the back of a cabinet where it is good and dark, for 4-6 months.
Now we’ll have homemade vanilla extract to bottle for gifts and home use in February!