July 21, 2011

i have a new respect for vanilla beans.
i never thought about it... so i never knew.... vanilla beans come from a wide variety of areas:  tonga, madagascar, mexico, tahiti.  each vanilla bean comes from an orchid and is pollinated by hand.  when the vanilla pod develops, it must be picked by hand and cured for several months.  hence, the reason for vanilla beans being so pricey.

when i walked into our local party store, and asked for a bottle of vodka... i was quick to point out to the store clerk... that it was for a recipe.  she gave me that, "yeah, sure-it-is, sort of smile."  i'm sure she thought i was nuts, when i asked her to compare prices for me.  alcohol in this store is behind the counter.  i settled on an $8. bottle... and continued to tell her, i was making homemade vanilla. she gave me her best, i-heard-it-all-look.  but, i really felt inclined to tell her...  i guess i didn't want her to think i was planning to down it.  

making vanilla is ridiculously easy. 
-slice open a couple of vanilla bean's
-add 1 cup vodka
-store in an airtight container
-store in a dark place
-give it a little shake now and then!

vodka and vanilla beans.... it's a good thing. 


Bargain Hunting Treasure Seeker said...

You always have such creative recipes and ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

MICHELE said...

you're welcome! hope you're staying cool in this heat!
your friend, michele

jamie said...

That sounds like it would be really good and not too difficult to make-no corn syrup-always a good thing. Have a lovely weekend!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try it!- janet m