12 for ’12 – Vanilla

12 Jan

One of my projects for this year is to make homemade vanilla extract. The process is simple (vanilla beans sit in a neutral alcohol until their flavor is, well, extracted), but it takes about 6 months for the vanilla to extract fully. No time like the present!

I’m making three different kinds. Normally, vanilla extract is made with vodka since it is about as neutral as you can get. So there is vodka. But I’m also making vanilla extracted into rum, and bourbon. Without further ado, here is Day 1:

See you in 6 months, my pretties. Baby mama is going to design some labels, I think we’re tentatively calling it Sweet B’s Vanilla (suggestions welcome, I’m not in the least bit convinced by that name). Our tentative tag line is ‘he may be vanilla but he’s not plain’.


5 Responses to “12 for ’12 – Vanilla”

  1. Davin January 13, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Now THAT is awesome! Ooh, ooh, can you now convince my beloved wife that vanilla is a legitimate choice amongst ice cream flavors?

  2. Peter January 13, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    What is it with you Wisconsin-ites and your vanilla ice cream! But yes, definitely a flavor. We can batch up some bourbon vanilla ice cream and see how it goes.

  3. Davin February 13, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Aaaaaaaand now it’s been a month.

    Just sayin’.

  4. Davin March 12, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    ….and it’s two months. I assume you’re waiting for the extract to be ready before you update the blog, which sounds prudent.

    Also you should totally move to Queenz.

  5. Peter March 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Well, aren’t we a smarty-smart smarty-pants. And I hope you’ll like that we’ve trained our 15-month old to shake the bottles periodically while they infuse.

    And by the time he’s 2, he’ll have full functional knowledge of the espresso machine. Baby make my morning coffee!

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