Homemade Extracts

I am going to make my own Vanilla Extract.  My friend Sandi Hawk told me to use Bourbon for the best extract…Canadian to be exact.  She also said I could use cheap and leave the beans in longer. Thanks Sandi! It’s great having a Chef as a Dear Friend!

1 750 ml of vodka or rum that is 80 proof

12 vanilla beans

Remove 1/2 cup of the liquor from each bottle. Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and put in bottles. Store in a dark place for 2-3 months, giving a shake every week.

I think I will put this in decorate bottles to give as gifts.  That is, if I don’t use it all baking. : )

I need to send hubby to the liquor store.  ūüėÄ I’ll be posting pictures as I go.

Lemon Extract

Thinly peel and dice one lemon, being certain to not get any white.  Put in a jar with 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 cup vodka. Steep for 3-7 days and will keep for up to one year.

Orange Extract

Thinly peel and dice one orange, being certain not to get any white.  Put in a jar with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vodka. Steep for 3-7 days and will keep for up to one year.