We bake. A lot. Which means we go thru alot of vanilla extract. I like making my own because not only is it economical, but I have complete control of the taste of it. And it makes great presents. First, you want extract, not flavoring. Extract is the real deal. It is make from vanilla beans, and alcohol. Some add water to the extract after it is poured off the beans but to be considered extract, it must still be at least 35% alcohol.
When you make your own, you choose the variety and quality of beans and the type of alcohol. Madagascar (also known as bourbon) beans and vodka are the most common.
This time, I wanted to do an experiment with flavors.
Stop right here - if you are doing this as a gift for someone who has everything...make sure they have a label maker. Simply a must have. When I first got mine, I labeled everything in the house. Awesome invention.
Now, back to the labeling the jars. This is important especially if you are experimenting with different varieties. There's nothing worse than finding the perfect combination and then have no idea how you make it.
What combination have you tried? I will post when it's done and let you know the results.
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