Hi Cakeb0t readers! ^_^
I’m working hard on a new video! I love my new MacBook Pro! In the meantime, let me tell you about a ridiculously simple thing I never thought to look up: making your own vanilla extract! This brilliant idea came from a vanilla extract post from Our Forking Blog. (I love that blog!) Then I did more research, and I found out there are more ways to make vanilla extract! Here’s what I’m going to try:
1. Split 4 vanilla beans with an end-to-end slice down the middle
2. Stick them in a bottle
3. Fill bottle with vodka
4. Let sit until the liquid is darkened (about 6 mos) and shake every once in a while!
Note: You may get some grains in the extract, which may require a filter before you use it in a light colored buttercream. You can also split only some of the beans like Our Forking Blog did, for less grains.
Say WHAT?? How simple is that?? A very thoughtful cousin of mine gave me a couple tubes of Rodelle Vanilla Beans when I graduated Pastry School. Then she sent over a couple more tubes for my wedding! I have so many beans lying around! I’ve used them here and there, but who knew for almost a year now, I could’ve had vanilla extract brewing in the kitchen! T_T
Click here for Rodelle Vanilla Beans! I love them!
PS I told my husband about my exciting discovery, and unphased, he said, “Oh, you didn’t know that?”. ARGH! >_<