Perfect Vanilla Essence
250 ML (1 cup)
A homemade vanilla extract is not only more economical than store bought brands, but also of higher quality. Free of artificial colouring and any added sweeteners, you are guaranteed the highest quality product with every drop of this recipe, one that only gets better with age!
Pour the alcohol in an opaque glass bottle.
Cut the vanilla beans lengthwise in half. With the back of a knife or spoon, remove the vanilla “caviar” (the seeds found inside the bean). Cut the remaining shell of the vanilla bean into 3 pieces. Put the caviar & the shell into the glass bottle.
Place the bottle in a cupboard, hidden from sunlight. After one month your extract will be ready for use, however, with time it only becomes better (around the 6-month mark).
During the first 2 weeks, shake the bottle 2-3 times a week. For the remaining 5 and a half months, continue to shake it 1-2 times per week.
After 6 months have passed, filter the extract through a strainer, removing the caviar and the pods. Add to any recipe that requires vanilla extract and enjoy!
Vanilla extract can be kept for years, and only matures with age, like a fine wine!