Sunday, January 31, 2010

Remember the Vanilla Recipe?

The bottle I "brewed" the vanilla beans and vodka in...and the bottle I transferred it to.
Look at how rich and clear it is!
I used eight fresh vanilla beans and the 5th of vodka...and I let it "blend" for almost nine months!!Hahaaa....Oh Yeah Baby! Of course, you could start using it after about two months, and I Did! BUT, I just left the beans in the vodka and continued to use it in my cooking. Wonderful Stuff Miz Donna (Cottage Days)!!! I originally got the recipe from Donna... I'll NEVER buy the store brands again!!! EVER!! This home brew is SO Rich and dark! The longer you let it sit with the beans in instead of out, the better it is! I need to go get more beans and vodka for the Next batch! I don't want to get caught without my 'Nilla!!!Hahaa...Surprisingly, I found the fresh beans at WalMart!! Not One grocer had ANY fresh!!
So, here's my recipe: 8 fresh vanilla beans (watch out for price shock!! Just 2 beans were $8.00!! Go to the liquor store and get a good brand, 5th of vodka. That's it!!
Slice the whole beans right down the middle to open them up...Stuff them whole into the vodka. You'll have to pour out a little of the vodka so you can get the beans in. Or, put it in a larger bottle. Keep in a dark cabinet and take out to shake the bottle weekly.
I have now posted the Next Brenda Photo Challenge! Try out the NEW link system! I think you'll like it! Have a great night....Is tomorrow Monday again???LOL...Oh well, lets all have a Great week!


Donna said...

I am SO GLAD that you tried the recipe out and I encouraged you! We really like the madagascar vanilla beans that we ordered from The Boston Vanilla Bean Co. You can get 30 of them for $37.50, which comes out to $1.25 apiece. If you are making big batches for gifts, it is really worth ordering them! The homemade stuff is so much better than store bought and cheaper too!

I'll have to try out the challenge linky system. Argh, something new for me to screw up, LOL!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

WOW!!!! I was going to try making it and forgot but I will....Especially seeing your delicious one!

Donna said...

Donna! Great! I'll look them up on the internet!! Thanks! Certainly cheaper than $8 bucks!!

Cupcake- You won't regret it! For this stuff, you'd pay big bucks!! It's wonderful!hughugs

Nita Jo said...

Donna, That vanilla looks sooo good! My hubby just baked sugar cookies and banana bread, so there's already a delicious smell in my house. I can imagine how good that real vanilla would be! My mom used to make it, but I never found her recipe. I'm so glad you (and the other Donna) shared this!

Nita Jo

jenn said...

I am going to try this, too. I bet it tastes so much better than store bought.

bichonpawz said...

Oh...this sounds so good! And the pictures are very cool too!! I meant to ask you...did you read the new Sarah Palin book yet?

kimberly said...

yummy....looks delish and beautiful!!! i keep meaning to do this....maybe i can keep it up fron in my mind til i can get downstairs and put it on the list!!! :-)

Jeanette said...

Now I want to make some vanilla..or maybe I'll just make some vanilla-flavored vodka!

Brenda said...

vanilla vodka, oh yeah!

I've been over to Miz Joans and my puter froze and crashed, now the same has happened here. I think my firefox browser doesn't like the snow!

Paula said...

Wow! That looks wonderful, Donna! I can imagine how heavenly it smells, too!

Donna said...

Wow, I've never heard of that. I might just have to try it!

Ann said...

oh how cool, i need to try this. That would make a great gift for my daughter who is the self proclaimed cookie queen :)

Anonymous said...

You certainly know how to make delicious stuff. looks and sounds fabulous.

CJ xx

Donna said...

Hi Guys! I Really do hope you all get a chance to make this! The aroma Alone is enough to make you a beliver!
Happy night to you!

dabrah said...

I've got one on the go which I started about 4 months ago. It doesn't look as dark and rich as yours, but maybe in another 5 months? It does smell lovely though, but still not as strongly as I would have expected it to. However, it hasn't been shaken for the last two months, so maybe now that I'm back I might remember to give it a shake once in a while.

SOUL said...

that makes me 'dangerously thirsty"
but i'm tougher tan most-- i can look and not touch..
pass the water ?