The store brand: McCormick Pure Vanilla
1 cup vodka (I used Stolichnaya from duty-free, but normally I would go Svedka)
4 vanilla beans
1 tablespoon brown sugar (the store brand used corn syrup so I figured what the heck)
- Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the good stuff. Chop up the shells into 1" pieces.
- Combine the vodka and all the bean parts and let it sit for at least 1 month (up to 6 months).
- Strain out the solids before using. I put it through a stainer to get the big pieces out and then a coffee filter to remove most of the vanilla beans. Step two completely optional.
The bean pods are still flavorful and vanilla is expensive - you can reuse them to make vanilla sugar or flavor your coffee!
|McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract||2 fl oz||$ 7.99||$ 4.00|
|Homemade||1 cup||$ 10.00||$ 1.25|
So bake or buy? BAKE!
I will say my complete lack of planning will probably put me buying this stuff in a pinch, but I'm going to try to keep up with it! And that cup of vanilla should last me a long time - maybe I'll put it on the list to do every year when I do my canning.