Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pinterest Tuesday

I pinned this a long time ago, when I first discovered Pinterest.  I have been wanting to make it FOREVER.  But obtaining whole vanilla beans, is kinda hard.  I couldn't find a store locally that sold them.  I looked on Amazon but wasn't sure I wanted to spend $12 for 10 beans.  And by the time I talked myself into ordering from a co-op, it was closed.

So I started first by finding the jar I wanted.  I went to Michael's, Joanne's and finally I stopped in at a Hobby Lobby, which is where I found the jar I liked most.  Then I was ready to buy my beans.  Since the co-op was closed, I went ahead and got them from Amazon.  Best smelling mail ever.

I did some research on what type of vodka to buy, and I didn't find anything that said top shelf was better, so Matt picked out this huge bottle (for my 5 oz jar).  Then all of a sudden, I had all my supplies.

Then I did what any normal person would do, I cut up my beans, put them in my jar and topped it off with vodka.  I shook it a little, and put it on the top shelf of my spice cabinet.  I cannot wait to use my homemade extract, however it won't be ready for up to 6 months.

I am so excited about this, that when I found out the co-op was having ANOTHER vanilla sale, I signed up for more beans.  I might put together a bunch of these and give them away as gifts for Christmas. But I am also very excited to use my vanilla beans in a ton of different ways.  For instance, did you know you could use vanilla bean pods (the part left over after you scrap your seeds out to cook with) in a shaker of baking soda and use it as a carpet freshener?  You can also boil it with other spices to make for a very tasty room "potpourri."  All of these ideas I am going to do when I get my larger supply of beans.  Oh and in that co-op, I am also getting whole nutmegs.  Baking this fall is going to be INSANE!


  1. I currently have 2L of vanilla brewing in my pantry with my beans from the first co-op. It's gonna make some great smelling Christmas gifts.

  2. I plan on giving away my vanilla extract as Christmas presents as well. I hope it goes over better than my apple butter from last year :P

  3. Man I wish I had picked up some vanilla. This is such a good idea!


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