Sunday, January 18, 2015
Let's make some stuff!
I have a lot of unfinished projects and ideas galore. One of our favorite sayings is, "More ideas than time."
In an effort to make good on some of my promises to myself and the desire to make some stuff and tell people about it, I made vanilla.
I get a real kick out of trying something, just to see if it will work. I had read about making vanilla and it seemed pretty straight forward. My first batch was purely for our consumption - just in case it went terribly wrong.
Well, it didn't!
I read a few recipes and followed the instructions and it turned out pretty great!
Just before the holidays, I started four more jars. You can see in the picture a jar that has had three months to process and a new jar on the right. The small bottle in the foreground is the sample that I sent home with my mom. The big jar of vodka in the back - the main ingredient that makes all of the magic happen.
One of the hints I discovered in my research was to order the vanilla beans in bulk - they can be expensive at the local grocery store. I ordered from Vanilla Products USA on Amazon.
I also read some conflicting advice about the vodka to use - some recipes recommended the cheapest possible and others recommended buying something more expensive. I went for middle of the road.