At the end of the last post discussing preparations for hand made gifts I mentioned making vanilla extract.
I was in fact away interstate at the time but I got back last night so here is a bit of a run down on how I have got my extract under way.
A woman in one of my face book groups bought in some bulk vanilla pods as it is much cheaper and was selling off her excess. They worked out to be 0.50 each so I bought a very large bundle. I figured that I would make some extract and maybe some vanilla sugar for gifts and even giving a plain old bean is a lovely present on it's own or in a hamper.
As far as proportions go I used
40 beans which was about 150g
to 750 ml of vodka (3 cups)
I snipped the beans in 2-3cm lengths (1")
and placed them in a glass screw top jar with the vodka
Now give a bit of a stirring shake daily and let it macerate away for a couple of months.
Closer to Christmas I will strain through a coffee filter paper in a strainer, the same way I do my infused oils for salves.
Now I'm on the hunt for bottles....
This could be my source if I fail to find any suitable through second hand means.
So far I estimate that I will get at least 20 bottles of 30ml sized extract that has a breakdown cost of $2.50 per bottle not including any cost I might incur buying the bottles.
This makes a very reasonable and charming gift for friends, teachers and neighbours.
Feels good to have the Christmas gifts under way.