Just so we're clear, here, an eight ouncer of this brand of vanilla bean extract goes for $10. In four cups there are 32 ounces. Thus, you could buy this amount of vanilla extract at the store for around $40. Note, however, that when this is ready to use and you begin to use it, you can replace the liquid you use with fresh vodka (give it a shake!) and when the beans run out of yummy vanilla smell, you can replace them slowly as well. Therefore, the longer you stick to it, the more you save. This, I think, would also make a great gift for someone who cooks. You could buy a pretty bottle to put it in for probably under $5. Maybe add a bow or fancy ribbon. Cool gift. :)
Ingredients & Prices
5 Rodelle Vanilla Beans: $12.00
4 Cups (1 Quart) Vodka or Rum: $8.11
Total Cost: $20.11
Instructions: Snip the ends off of 5 vanilla beans and drop all parts into airtight glass container. Pour vodka over beans. Close. Shake. Keep in a cool dry place. Shake daily.
This is Day 1. The vodka is still entirely clear.
I will update periodically, so you can follow the oh so exciting progress of my extract.