And I do hope I don’t forget any!!!! The beginnings of these gifts actually go back to last May and the purchase of 2 bottles (“fifths”) of vodka and many vanilla beans. Madagascar beans, grade B, are the best for making your own vanilla extract. Yup……those are the ingredients! Some people will add a bit of water but I did not resulting in a (close to) 80 proof vanilla. Be careful around an open flame!!!! Seriously! The extracting continued til a few weeks ago when I bottled, labeled and utilized the neat bags I had made with this fabric. So, now I have these……… See those beautiful beans???? As the vanilla is used, it’s possible to add more vodka or even water to make more!!!!! This was really an interesting project and one that I will repeat in the future, I’m sure. Pure vanilla, like this, will keep indefinitely on the shelf at room temp without special processing because of the significant alcohol percentage. Decreasing the alcohol to a level below 35% (70 proof) will shorten the keeping ‘life’.
Til next time, I think I’ll go look to see if I’ve forgotten any projects!