A blog about my
HOME creating a beautiful space using re-purposed, refurbished and recycled materials, whilst renovating on a budget.
KITCHEN preparing healthy and delicious meals for my family and friends with the odd naughty SWEET treat.
GARDEN growing as much as we can on a suburban block.
I love buying products with as little processing as possible and as natural ingredients as possible. I recently bought 100 organic beans for less than $17AUD delivered that's much better than the $8AUD i paid for 3 at the local organic shop! I'm setting aside half to use 'fresh' where the recipe calls for vanilla beans, but sometimes I like to use vanilla extract. I read the back of my vanilla extract and the main ingredient is ethanol - um isn't that what they make cheap petrol from????? well i don't want to ingest that organic or not. So I'm making my own! From vanilla beans and vodka! EASY!
My lovely organic vanilla beans. So soft, shiny and smelly!
You need 50 ml of vodka per vanilla bean. Find a clean jar and make sure the vanilla beans are submerged under the vodka (you could use another liquor but i think vodka is the best as it has a 'neutral' flavour) and allow to infuse for 6 months. after that strain through a coffee filter and bottle for later use! YUM can't wait for this stage!