I love to bake and I gasp every time I have to buy a new bottle of vanilla extract
. I go right past the organic
vanilla because, even though I know it is best for me, it is just too expensive. Some of you may not think vanilla extract, whether it be real or imitation, is very expensive, but as much as I use it, there has to be a real good alternative to buying from the store.
Ian sent me a personal email on an instructable he wrote, how to make diy vanilla extract
. He put months of work into his vanilla making project. He tells us that it is better to make our own vanilla extract so that we can be free of the artificial colors
and corn sweeteners that are found in commercial
vanilla extracts. Ian tells us what real vanilla is and where it grows, how to choose our vanilla beans, what supplies we will need, including vodka, and the steps and directions needed to make the extract.
Make sure you have plenty of time to read Ian's instructable, because he not only gives us the background of the vanilla bean, he shares with us what he knows about the different flavors of beans from various regions around the world. In my opinion, Ian's vanilla bean reviews are priceless, and I for one appreciate all the time he has taken in finding just the perfect beans to make the best tasting vanilla extract on the planet.