A few weeks ago I ordered some Vanilla Beans from Penzeys Spices. My plan to use them was in a batch of Homemade Vanilla Extract.
I've made my own vanilla extract for the past 2 years.
I needed 16 beans so I ordered one batch from Penzeys. Since I only needed 1 more bean I went to World Market. They sell 2 Madagascar beans for $3 and if you have a coupon (like I did) it's even cheaper.
When I placed my order I found a coupon code to redeem for a free item. I picked Rosemary. I also got free shipping on my order. YAY!! :)
When my package arrived, I also got another freebie. Tsardust Memories. I wasn't sure what to use this for but I did some research and it's good on pork or chicken. I can't wait to try it.
I picked up the Vodka (1.75 L) and spliced up my vanilla beans. I dropped 8 spliced vanilla beans in each vodka bottle. I shook it up a bit and I have them stored in a dark cool place.
I'll shake them up a few times each week. In 3 months (from August 28th) the vanilla extract will be ready to be strained and bottled.