I am however, being frugal and thrifty and proactive by making Vanilla and Cinnamon Extracts. It is so easy peasy lemon squeezy I can hardly take it.
|Vanilla Beans and Vodka - Day 1|
|Cinnamon Sticks and Vodka Day 1|
One of these or a combination:
Vodka, rum, glycerin, or apple cider vinegar
vanilla beans (I used 2)
Jars (we used a pint jar)
Make sure your jar is clean and sterile. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise and put into the jar. Fill with your liquid, tighten lid and shake, shake, shake. Store in a dark place and shake every week or so, as you think about it. After about 3 months it will be done.
*It needs a dark location so the sunlight doesn’t degrade the flavor, and an air-tight seal (just be sure to tighten the lid by hand - it doesn't need a special tool) to prevent evaporation.
*Vanilla beans can be found in the spice section of your grocery store or ordered online. They are expensive, but you will get a lot of flavoring out of them and in the end it will be cheaper than buying the extract.
|After about 6 weeks|
I haven't decided yet if I am sharing my Extracts or hogging them all all to myself. Wouldn't a bottle of this make a great gift?
Updated to say - as you use up the vanilla just add more liquor back into the jar and you will have a continual supply of vanilla!!
I am linking this up with Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Alphabethursday - E is for Extracts!
And the wonderful Simple Lives Thursday Blog Hop!!
I am also linking this to Life as Mom's Frugal Friday!