Saturday, March 8, 2014

The liquor store heist!

I have not been in a liquor store in 10 years.

But a few days ago I HAD to go in the liquor store.

I found a recipe online for vanilla extract.

 I have vanilla beans coming out of the ying yang, I thought I'd try my hand at making homemade vanilla extract.

But the main ingredient was alcohol. Not rubbing alcohol, but the good ole fashioned
 drinking kind of alcohol.

For those of you that are new to my blog, my family and I are Wesleyans. 
So that means that we abstain from partaking in alcoholic beverages.

We've been part of the Wesleyan faith for 10 years now, so that means we haven't touched a drop of alcohol or been in a liquor store in 10 years.
(with the exception of a few years ago, when I had to go buy my FIL a 3 liter of whiskey. Obviously, he's not a part of the Wesleyan faith!)

So Thursday night I went into the liquor store.
They must have thought me nuts.
I have walking around with an empty shopping cart looking lost till the cashier asked if I needed help.
(The shopping cart was because I had been in the grocery store that is attached to the liquor store, not because I was planning to buy them out!)

So she asked if I needed help, thank goodness!

She showed me the various sizes and types of vodka.
My goodness! There's a whole bunch of different kinds now!

So I stuck to ole faithful (what I used to get when I did partake!)

I just got a small bottle. Not the tiny little ones, but the next one up.

So from what I gather, this is the recipe to make vanilla extract.

Take 5 vanilla beans and cut length wise.
Put in one cup of vodka or another alcohol of choice.
Shake and let sit for 8 weeks or so. 
Shake every week.

VOILA! Vanilla Extract! I'll let you know how it tastes in 8 weeks.

I saved the vodka bottle so I can transfer the vanilla back to it, when it's done.
Just to freak people out! Hee hee

Have a Blessed Day.


  1. Please update when you taste / use it. I've been wanting to make homemade vanilla extract, but keep putting it off. Where do / did you get your vanilla beans?

  2. Lisa, I expect it will work well. I've seen this process written about many times so it must be good. I've not tried it and don't really use vanilla in any cooking that I do.

    Have a great vanilla making day.

  3. I was wondering too, if you grew the bean or where you got them. I'll have to try that recipe too. Sounds easy and fun to do.


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