Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Homemade vanilla extract
Before Colin came to visit me during CNY, he asked me to suggest a gift that he could bring for me, so I quickly suggested good vanilla beans from US as I have been thinking to make my own vanilla extract.
When I first see Ju ~The Little Teochew~ making her own vanilla extract, I immediate bookmarked. I followed exactly to her recipe and steps. Thanks so much to Ju !
First get a good vanilla beans, Thanks Colin!
Before I getting a bottle of vodka (we don't drink this at home), I throw the beans into a caster sugar jar to make Vanilla sugar for future baking purposes.
Once I got a bottle of vodka (with higher alcohol content of 35% which could produce strongest extract). Since i need only 1 bean for making Vanilla chiffon cake (will share recipe later) , I use a small clean glass bottle which could store 50ml vodka. First I split one vanilla bean lengthwise and scraped the seeds for making chiffon, and put the empty bean into a small glass bottle. Store in a cool, dark place and give it a little shake every few days.
This sunset effect happened just about an hour later, this is beautiful right?
I'm so happy now, because I will have never-ending supply of homemade vanilla extract !! Happy Baking !!