Food Inc. on the Oprah show. Oprah discussed the fact that our foods have so many preservatives, and added hormones & antibiotics than the food our grandparents ate. This really stuck with me. The last time I felt really well and healthy I was eating organic foods, and meats with no added growth hormone I lost 50 pounds, and slept like a baby! If the thoughts above are not currently a high priority for you, let me appeal to your money-minded side, which is really what this blog is all about! I decided to make a small jar of vanilla extract as a test, and if this comes out well, I am going to be using it to give as gifts for the holidays, most likely in some gift baskets with other homemade items like peanut and almond butter. I used a canning jar since we have so many but you can find many jars at garage sales, thrift stores or Dollar stores.
I took a whole vanilla pod, split it lengthwise, and cut it into several pieces. I estimated an entire pod based on recipes I had seen, like one vanilla bean to 3 tablespoons of vodka. That was not enough for me to make. I added almost a full canning jar of Grey Goose that had been given to us as a gift. Now, I just shake the jar every day for 4 weeks, after that you can strain it and bottle it.
Since I estimated I will taste it after 4 weeks and add more vanilla beans if needed. This will give me plenty of time to have this ready for Holiday gifts. Here are a few recipes that can fit multiple needs. Enjoy!
I will be posting the "recipe" for my almond and peanut butters as well.....