Friday, November 8, 2013

Gluten Free Vanilla for the Holidays

Gluten Free Vanilla


  • 3 vanilla beans (Madagascar Bourbon Planifolia Vanilla Beans and
    Tahitian Beans)
  • I use this company for my beans
  • 1 cup vodka (grape distilled if you can find it)
  • glass jar with tight fitting lid


1 Use kitchen scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut lengthwise down each vanilla bean, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected.
2 Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle*** with a tight fitting lid (mason jars work well). Cover completely with the vodka.
3 Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.
Lasts for years. You can keep topping it off with vodka once in a while as you use it, just remember to give it a good shake.
You can also make vanilla sugar by putting a split vanilla bean into a jar of white, granulated sugar. Great way to infuse the sugar with vanilla flavor for baking.

****bottles, I recycle the 12 oz. World Market Soda bottles for gift giving and presentation.

(Did you know that each vanilla bean comes from an orchid that has been pollinated by hand? Once the vanilla seed pod has developed, it must be hand picked as well. After picking the curing process takes several months. So if you’ve ever wondered why vanilla extract, and especially vanilla beans, can be so expensive, this is why.)

I love these free labels I found online and wanted to share, they are from blog

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