I’ve been making my own vanilla for 7 or 8 years now and it’s so easy, anyone can do it!
I purchase my vanilla beans at a local grocery store, but if you can’t find them, you can also purchase them from Azure Standard or other places online I’m sure.
Here is the recipe.
- 1/2 pint bottle of rum
- 4 vanilla beans
That’s it! No other ingredients.
Cut each bean up the center, like you are opening a pod of peas, then place all four vanilla bean pods inside the container of rum.
For the best flavor, let it sit in a cool, dark place for 6 months. (When I make it, I write the date it will be in 6 months on the bottle somewhere, just in case I might happen to forget when I made it). Every few days, give the bottle a good shake.
When the vanilla is ready, I move it into a pretty bottle with a cork and keep it with my other baking ingredients. I leave the beans in the rum while I use it so that it can continue to get stronger.
This makes great gifts too! Be sure to make it 6 months before you want to give the gift!