A 16 oz bottle of vanilla that I used to buy for about 8 dollars is now selling for 24. I have to admit that in the past I have been very loose with my vanilla use. I would not measure, but rather just kind of pour it in my batters. Now, I measure very carefully, not wanting to use a splash more than I have to.
At Christmas, Eileen and Sharilyn gave me these cute bottles of homemade vanilla.
The recipe is to put vanilla beans in liquor (I bought vodka) and let it sit for a couple of months. It's that easy. I had Trent help me put it together (with Misty looking on in amazement).
You slice the beans open and cut into smaller pieces (I ordered 20 extract grade B Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans for $29 and they came from France in 4 days). I bought Vodka in St. George, where I could do it without someone I know seeing me. (Of course, now I've kind of let the vodka out of the bag)
Now I just need to shake it up once or twice a week for a couple of months. It already looks like this.