I've spoken before of my loathing for vanilla. Unfortunately vanilla goes into pretty much everything I make.
Behold Nielsen Massey Vanilla Extract.
This little bottle holds just under 24 teaspoons of precious vanilla extract and costs about £5.00
I was browsing the fabulous Joy The Baker website a couple of months ago when I stumbled across this: http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/06/how-to-make-vanilla-extract/
So I decided to give it a try.
You will need a 70cl bottle of vodka or brandy and 10 vanilla pods that have been purchased on ebay for not much money.
Split open the vanilla pods by cutting almost to the top with a sharp knife. Feed vanilla pods into bottle of vodka. Leave for 3-4 months shaking it occasionally.
Vanilla extract 6 months on. I made two bottles and filled up my old empty Nielsen Massey bottles and gave them away for Christmas.