Vanilla aroma. Yum. Vanilla beans. Funny.
Some bulk ordered spongy swing top jars...
An interested assistant, slicing the beans in half. An another assistant, providing support.
And some bottom
Get in on it! Make your own vanilla!
It's not a new concept, been around for a long, long time. Been in the back of my mind for a fraction of the time. I really wanted to get my hands on some of those beans. If it is a new idea for you click on some of the links below for more information. This post isn't about a new thing, but it is a warning, that if you WANT to make vanilla extract for gifts (kids teachers?, parents?, siblings? mailperson?) you must start NOW. (last year we made candles)
I ordered 8oz bottles, so 10 beans per bottle (
Direct from Beanilla via Lovely Morning"... official ratio for FDA quality single-fold vanilla extract. 5 beans for every 1 cup of vodka..."
************Important notes gathered from the web:
** It takes 2 months to marinate (although you don't eat the beans in the end).
** Some big decisions to make: Madagascar, Tahitan or Mexican beans? Bourbon or Vodka base?
** Order your beans. Order your bottles.
** And decide between Bourbon or Vodka for the liquid base. Or do both,.
Check out this site, and this site or merely do a google search for DIY vanilla extract. Make some vanilla syrup and you've got yourself a dual bottle gift.
Back to my bottles...
p.s. I ordered my first batch of beans on amazon. When they arrived, the business card, Olive Nation, offered a 20% discount and I ordered a few more bags. Look at that ... coupons and advertising at work!