Aunt terry’s homemade vanilla
Homemade vanilla is so easy! My Aunt Terry made some for our family a few Christmases ago, and ever since then, I have felt so spoiled with my “real vanilla” at hand. And the upkeep is simple too! Anytime I wanted a refill, all it took was to refill with plain vodka, shake, and wait a few days to a few weeks for it to reach the strength I like.
The way vanilla is started is simply by splitting a vanilla bean or two open and putting it in a bottle with plain vodka.
Anytime it starts to get weak, I just swap out and add a new vanilla bean, and it has lasted years.
It is price effective for the amount of time making your own vanilla will last, and I have found that making things myself gives me a really special feeling and a healthy pride in the work and artistry I put into my kitchen. Magic!
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