But only because it will take six months to make these gifts.
What am I making? Homemade Vanilla Extract! And it's easy.
Here's what you'll need:
I ordered our beans from Amazon - they had the best price. Ronnie was in charge of going to the ABC store. We took the recommendation of the man working there for the best choice for our project. It wasn't the cheapest and it wasn't the most expensive - it was right in the middle.
Here's what you'll need to do.
For each 1.5 cups of vodka, you'll need 2 vanilla beans.
We poured 3 cups of vodka into a quart jar.
We then sliced the beans down the middle and scrape the bean.
We added the inside to the jar, then cut the scraped bean into 2 inch pieces and added that to the jar.
Next, just shake.
Label the jar with both the start and end date.
That's it. Now the jars will sit in my cool, dark pantry for six months. I give them a shake daily for the first month, then once a week for two months, then monthly of whenever you think about it.
In six months, I'll strain it and have nice real vanilla extract. For a fraction of the cost!
I'm planning on giving it as gifts in jelly jars for Christmas.
I'll let you know how it works out...... in six months.