Remember that batch of vanilla extract I started back in October?
It’s done! It sat in the cupboard for a little over two months, getting a little shake every few days, and turning a deep and beautiful brown.
The wait finally over, I strained the vanilla extract through a mesh strainer lined with a couple of paper towels (coffee filters would work well also). The spent vanilla beans got transferred into a clean jar, which I filled with granulated sugar to make vanilla sugar. It smells amazing already!
The extract got decanted into little 50ml jars and fancied up with pretty labels. I’ve already started another batch, and I think I’m going to let this one sit and do it’s thing for six months and see if I notice a difference in the quality of vanilla.
In the mean time, I’ve got all these cute little bottles of home-made vanilla extract to give away as gifts to my foodie friends. And I want to give you one too!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. It’s that easy! I’ll attempt to send a bottle of vanilla extract to anyone, anywhere in the world. And, since this is the season of giving, I’ll throw in a Muffin Myth tea towel as well. Contest closes Wednesday December 18th at 9am PST.
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