Tasty Tuesday: Vanilla Bean Extract

First off, I'm excited to say I am a new co-host for Creative K-Kids Tasty Tuesday link party! I look forward to sharing some great posts with all of you. Link up your posts, make some new friends, and enjoy yourselves!

For this week, I have a DIY that has become a staple of my kitchen. Homemade vanilla bean extract. I haven't purchased a single bottle of vanilla since I discovered this, and I will never, ever go back. The taste is intense and wonderful, and it's SO EASY! Not to mention the money you're saving by making your own.

Now, let's look at the facts. A good bottle of genuine Madagascar vanilla bean extract sells for $9.99, for a four ounce bottle. It's a lot for a little bottle. My swap is also made with 100% pure Madagascar vanilla bean pods and it costs a lot less. Let me show you how.

You Need:
- 2 vanilla bean pods
- 50 ounces of plain vodka
- 7 air tight bottles. I like mine with a cork. It looks pretty and makes pouring easy.
- Carbon filter/Brita Filter

How To:
  1. Place a carbon filter or Brita filter in a container and strain the vodka through it. Since you're using bottom self liquor, it's a good idea. This will remove all the impurities, and allows it to aerate properly. (Thanks to Ashley S. for this suggestion)
  2. Cut the vanilla bean pods into fourths and slit them down the center. Don't remove the seeds though.
  3. Place one fourth of each bean into the bottles and cover it with the filtered vodka. Seal it tightly and give it a good shake
  4. Place the bottles in a cool, dry, dark place and let them sit for at least two weeks. Every once in a while, give them a good shake.
  5. You're good to go!
The best thing about this is, the longer it sets, the stronger it gets. It'll be some of the most intense and flavorful vanilla that you've ever tried. It really gets better with age.

(Note - the bottle here is bigger than eight ounces, so I used one whole bean for extra flavor.You can do that, too!)

Cost for DIY Vanilla Bean Extract
- $4.99 for two vanilla bean pods (I buy mine at the farmer's market where spices and things are WAY cheaper. Don't buy the grocery store version. They mark them up.)
- $7.99 for one 59 ounce bottle of plain vodka (Note: you can buy bottom shelf stuff here. Trust me, you'll never notice the difference since you're not going to be drinking it, and we can filter it ourselves.)

The two vanilla bean pods can be divided into fourths, and the vodka will easily divide into seven 8 ounce bottles. 
That's $1.85 per bottle, as opposed to $9.99, a savings of $8.14 or a savings of over 80%! You can't even buy a bottle of IMITATION vanilla extract for that price. 
You'll be paying $12.98 for SEVEN 8 ounce bottles of my homemade vanilla bean extract, or you could pay $139.86 for 14 four ounces bottles of store bought vanilla extract. The choice is simple. 

Cohost Tasty Tuesdays, March

We have a new co-host for the month of March!

Melissa from The Happy Idiot will be sharing this party on her blog every Tuesday in March and also helping pin any recipes that are linked up past #125!
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Thank you, Melissa, for joining us in March to co-host this party.

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