Vanilla Extract & Label to Download

December 8th, 2010 / Comments 0

I’m planning to include a few of my favorite vanilla sugar cookies with each bottle of vanilla extract when I give them to my foodie friends who bake. Like the vanilla sugar, making vanilla extract is a process of assembly rather than one of cooking.

vanilla extract label  Vanilla Extract & Label to Download

Here’s how I did it:

Vanilla Extract

I split six vanilla beans and put them into a one-quart mason jar. I added two cups of vodka, pushed the beans down so that they were submerged, put the lid on the jar and put the jar in a dark corner of the pantry. I’ll bottle and label the vanilla extract, along with a piece of vanilla bean just before Christmas. Click here  to download a label for bottles of vanilla extract.

When I make only one jar of vanilla sugar, I get a vanilla bean in the spice aisle at the market. But one vanilla bean costs about five dollars and I needed ten beans to make six jars of vanilla sugar and sixteen ounces of vanilla. Luckily, I found It is a source for eight varieties of vanilla beans that are significantly less expensive than those bottled individually.

I got a bit carried away when I ordered vanilla beans but I love the intoxicating scent of vanilla that has filled the house. My next project is to try to make a bottle of brandy-based vanilla extract. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

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