So, I can go through those little bottles of real vanilla flavoring pretty quick! The strategy I use to satisfy my vanilla craving is to make it myself! It is sooo easy! And it doesn't take more than 5 minutes.
Here is what you need:
- Vanilla Beans (I try to purchase mine in a glass jar. That way you can mix the vanilla flavoring directly in the jar.)
- Vodka (Purchase plain vodka - not one with flavoring.)
Fill the jar with vodka.
Place the cap back on the jar and label. Let the jar sit for at least three months. I keep mine on the shelf with the rest of my everyday spices. Every time I go to get spices to cook dinner, I shake the jar. It will be ready to use at the end of the three months.
I have been very upfront with my Bishop and Stake President about my purchase of vodka to make this. Both have assured me this is fine.
And there you have it! Homemade vanilla flavoring!