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Kicking off 2012 w/ Vanilla Extract

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:02 AM
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by becky last modified Dec 31, 2011

It’s not New Year’s Eve without alcohol, right? Right.  But while you’re drinking yours  - we’re going to make ours.  Our own vanilla extract. For vanilla extract to be classified as pure, it must be a mixture of 35% alcohol and 13.35 ounces of vanilla bean per gallon. We don’t really need a gallon, though. [...]




 

 

It’s not New Year’s Eve without alcohol, right?

Right.  But while you’re drinking yours  - we’re going to make ours.  Our own vanilla extract. For vanilla extract to be classified as pure, it must be a mixture of 35% alcohol and 13.35 ounces of vanilla bean per gallon. We don’t really need a gallon, though. But we also don’t want to spend $8 for two ounces of the stuff from Greedy Corporation Inc.

vanilla bean slicing lengthwise

The Cheap Gardener and Cocktail Hacker each did some homework on it. Depending on how we crunch the numbers (and I do not love math, by the way), it comes to about 8 beans per cup of alcohol.

DIY Vanilla Extract, baby.

Slice vanilla beans length wise, & then into 2″ strips. Drop them in the bottle, let ‘em swim for about 8 weeks. Shake the bottle about once a week, and keep it in a cool dry place. In March we’ll have our first batch of our very own vanilla extract.

And we can top it off as we use it, & it becomes a never ending supply. One of our favorite crepe filling recipes is ricotta cheese flavored with

  • vanilla extract,
  • orange peel,
  • dash of sugar &
  • diced cucumbers. Nom.

Or, we could sacrifice a couple of beans for a Vanilla Cloud cocktail.

To 2012. Cheers.

vanilla cloud cocktail


 

 

 
 
 

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