Thursday, May 14, 2009

An Exercise of Patience


I hear patience is a virtue and I have patience to a point. And that point ends every day when I leave work. I'm not joking, after dealing with clients all day long and letting them complain and yell and me and still having to answer them back in a happy voice drains all the patience out of me. So don't even think about calling for tech help after I'm done for the day, cause I can guarantee I will be snippy unless I had a good day at work which those are rare so err on the side of caution! All work complaints aside, I'm normally a patience person but I'm also a big fan of instant gratification. Who doesn't like eating a candy bar on the walk out of the store instead of waiting to go home.

So when I decided to make my own vanilla extract I knew it would be better to wait even though I would want to use it right away. So wait I did, much longer than I probably needed but it was well worth the wait. While bottling some of the extract I could not believe how great it smelled. Honestly the best smelling vanilla extract that I have ever found. And its so easy to make, honestly 5 minutes to make a bottle and then in a little while you have vanilla extract. And if you double the recipe like me you can surprise all your friends with the fantastic present of hand crafted vanilla extract.

So since I consider you all my friends, I will be giving away 3 bottles of my hand crafted vanilla extract to 3 lucky people. So leave a comment or re post on twitter and leave the link to your twitter, or you could do both and up your chances of winning! Please just leave an email address with your comment so that I can get your info after the contest is over. The contest will end Monday May 18th at Noon Central time. Sorry only US and Canada only since it is a liquid product. Good luck and I hope all of you try to make your own extract!


Handcrafted Bourbon Vanilla Extract

For full information please go HERE

What I used

6 Bourbon Vanilla Beans
4 oz Pure Vanilla Extract
2 - 750 ml bottles of vodka - 1 for the starter and 1 to top off once you start using it

In a 1 quart or liter glass container with a screw top lid combine the vodka and vanilla extract. Split the vanilla beans and cut them in half length wise. You can scrape out some of the seeds too and add them in if you want. Then add in the vanilla beans and shake the bottle. Now comes the patience, add in more vanilla beans each month and shake once a week.

Do this for at least 2 months. I left it for a year because I didn't feel like the extract was as dark as it should be and because I shoved them to the back of the cabinet and forgot about them for a while. Once you have waited your desired time, pour some into a container for you and top off the bottle with vodka.

Keep adding more beans and topping the bottle off as you use it and you will have vanilla extract forever. And you can double, triple, quadruple this recipe I would just keep the bottle size the same and have a few bottles going at once.

Please Rate my Recipe HERE. You don't have to sign up for anything just hover over the stars and hopefully I can win my first contest!

49 comments:

  1. This vanilla extract sounds truly amazing!! And I love the labor of love you put into it.

    Here's a link to my tweet: http://twitter.com/noelleee/status/1795657494 :-)

    In general, I love your blog! I added it to our site food.alltop.com. Hope that's OK with you! I wish I knew about your blog when I was still living in Illinois.

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  2. Handcrafted vanilla is the best!

    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/brendacarus/status/1795735171

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  3. What a great giveaway--thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. This sounds great! I selfishly want to win one for myself.

    Also, tweeted about it here: http://twitter.com/TazaChocolate/status/1795631755

    I should send you some of our organic, biodynamic vanilla to make your next batch with.

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  5. Twittered!

    http://twitter.com/elleskitchen/status/1795767317

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  6. This looks amazing - I tweeted about this: check it out at http://www.twitter.com/MaryAPorch (I don't know how to link to the individual tweet!).

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  7. Ack! I keep meaning to start my own bottle, and then I keep finding reasons to put it off... like not having a glass jar that doesn't already have pickles in it. Anyway, I'd love to try yours!

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  8. Wait! Sorted it out - you can find the tweet here: http://twitter.com/MaryAPorch/status/1795664114

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  9. Yum! Yes please!!

    darleneeats@gmail.com

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  10. OOOH! Me. :) Although I will try to make my own too, but I just love your packaging.

    shelleybakes@gmail.com

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  11. I would love since I am baking all the time. Thanks.

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  12. tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/1796774796

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  13. this is awesome! what a cool idea for a giveaway :)

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  14. I find myself anticipating how wonderful it would smell.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  16. Oh my gosh, this sounds amazing! I can't believe you had the patience to wait an entire year! Kudos to you!
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/SteffanyF/status/1797385139

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  17. Yes, please!

    I tweeted - http://twitter.com/MissIss/status/1797595169

    heartcooksbrains@gmail.com

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  18. Oh, hey! I'm crossing my fingers that I win so I don't have to make my own. :)

    Good luck on your contest....gonna hop over and check it out now.
    ~ingrid

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  19. Wow, keeping it closed for a whole year must have intensified the flavor! It looks great. I make one with brandy instead of vodka and Mexican vanilla beans - it's vanilla-y and spicy and perfect for heavily spiced baked goods like gingerbread. Although honestly I drink it straight in little warming sips more than I bake with it.

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  20. Oh yum, that sounds truly fantastic! I can't believe you are giving some away after all that, but I would love to win some. I am a big fan of vanilla. I always double up in recipes, its my little secret that makes a big difference in baked goods. So, pick me. ohnubby383@yahoo.com

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  21. Great information! thanks. This is on my list of things to do/bake/make. One question: why did you need to add some vanilla extract? I haven't see that in other recipes. Just curious.

    Thanks for the great post!

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  22. sounds amazing...I hope I win so I can try...can't wait. I love your blog and your writing. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I never thought of making my own vanilla. I think I would want to try that some time.:)

    mat032008@aol.com

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  24. I have always wanted to try this! Your bottles are too cute!

    I have a giveaway up on my site too, so please stop by and enter if you are interested!
    http://mybakingaddiction.blogspot.com/2009/05/brownies-and-its-giveaway-time.html

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  25. Here is a link to my tweet!
    http://twitter.com/bakingaddiction/status/1801256642

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  26. Introducing and taking the mystery out of making homemade vanilla is one of the best gifts you can gift to the at home cook.
    Check out @saltandchocolat post about making homemade vanilla. http://bit.ly/SIMFA
    Thu 14 May 21:52 via TweetDeck
    Great little giveaway.

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  27. I think I can smell your 'aged' vanilla through my computer screen! Your bottle labels are cute. How did you make them. Thanks for the give-away.

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  28. thebrunettebakerMay 14, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    I've made my own but have never gone 12 months with it...I go thru way too much. I use Madagascar so I'd love to try your Bourbon Vanilla!

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  29. I would love to try your vanilla!!! And I love the little bottles that you used.
    I voted for your risotto. I have a recipe in the contest too but after seeing several of you with votes in the 1000's, I gave up on my poor queasadilla with little 50 votes. LOL O-well!

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  30. Looks like I didn't get posted yesterday. http://twitter.com/dadekian/status/1795693786 Still sounds fantastic!

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  31. Would love this. Where did you get your bottles? I've started making my own and it is so much better than the store bought stuff and mine hasn't even percolated a full year yet. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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  32. Don't enter me, I just wanted to comment. I made my own bottle of vanilla extract, and I have to say it is awesome!! My recipe was from Vanilla.com though, and I used probably 20 beans and 2 1/2 cups of vodka. I made a very strong batch, and it was nearly impossible to wait the full month without using it, and it just keeps getting better. I loved how simple and how insanely inexpensive it was, too. Way less than the huge bottles of Penzey's that I buy once a year (I use a lot of vanilla).

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  33. Found via Twitter.
    I love homemade Vanilla.}:P


    wolfsilveroak at cox dot net

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  34. YUM! Love homemade vanilla!

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  35. Your homemade Vanilla sounds wonderful!
    I will definitely have to pass this recipe along to all my friends that bake, also. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Me want. Ooooh...loving this giveaway!

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  37. Neatest thing EVAR.

    Twitter + comment = I would shill for you any day!

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  38. Yum! I've always wanted to try to make my own, but chicken out! Great giveaway! Thanks!

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  39. Oh I would LOVE to win this one-vanilla is my favorite flavor-I buy the vanilla beans in a jar off of amazon about once a month!-monica
    rideit4@comcast.net

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  40. Wow! I would love to try making my own vanilla extract :)

    I tweeted here too: https://twitter.com/rachaelclj

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  41. I really have to try making my own vanilla extract, I go through so much of it! :) Your labeled bottles look fantastic, what a great gift that would be!

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  42. I will have to put this on my to do list! Love the cute bottles!

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  43. As a fellow procrastinator I nearly put off until it was too late to tell you how much I'd appreciate winning 1. a contest, and 2. a bottle of your Handcrafted Vanilla Extract. I would care for it like one of my children! oz squatteam@hotmail.com

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  44. Sorry that I’ve been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader. I just love that you've made your own vanilla, Katie. And your bottles are so precious!! Great job. I can't wait to try this out for myself :)

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  45. This sounds absolutley delicious. Please pick me and I'll write about it, as I ma sure everyone will. http://culinarywiz.blogspot.com

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  46. A Year?!!!! Oh, now I know what I was doing wrong with my one attempt at making vanilla! I would love to try your patient Vanilla!

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  47. What a fabulous undertaking and inspiring. Time for me to get out the vodka and invest in beans...or, you could simply choose me and send them over. ;)

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  48. found this via twitter, what a great story. I love knowing where my food comes from!

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  49. twitter really is amazing, and the extract looks awesome!

    rose_herb09@hotmail.com

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