Easy to make baking vanilla
WHAT TO GET & WHAT TO DO
Cheapest & largest glass bottle of vodka
Madagascar or Tahitian Vanilla Beans (on line)
Split open beans with knife
Place in bottle
Oh you can shake it every few days or so if you want more work.
Leave the bottle in a cool dark place for about a month.
Here's some photos.
split the beans to open them up a bit.
throw in 20 or so for a 1.5 liter.
I threw in more.
Madagascar beans are most common.
They offer a rich, woodsy flavor.
Tahitian have a more delicate flavor.
I bought both kinds.
Since I'm giving my baking vanilla as gifts, I had a little bit more work.
I ordered some cute bottles with cork tops on line.
Bought a hunk of bees wax.
(this is to seal the bottle - I'll be shipping a few bottles and didn't want them to leak. you can buy wine bottle sealer if you want. it was too much money and it only came in burgundy red. I like the natural look and smell of bees wax)
pour vanilla into bottles
melt bees wax in clean tuna can (a taller can will not work for the bottles that I bought)
After the bottle is tightly corked, dip the tip in the wax until you have the seal you want.
I liked mine hardy & thick looking.
And since I have to add MORE STRESS to my life than is necessary I went running all over town looking for those old fashioned envelope wax sealers doodads...and couldn't find them until I called my sweet and very crafty neighbor who knew exactly where to get them and even what aisle they were in. Yeah. That's a craft girl, if I ever met one! By the by, she and I each did this project. You can click on the link up there and get right to her site!! Crafty I tell ya!!
Here's the doodad. I bought one with hearts too!
Here's what it does
I absolutely LOVE the organic - ness of it all!
Here they are getting ready for Christmas!
The label was downloaded and printed onto sticky label paper.
You can get all the info on the links below!
I was trying to do the math and price out how much each bottle would be. I got tired so I'm guesstimating here:
4 oz bottle