Time really flies, it really does.
I first started making own homemade vanilla extract when I started the blog, and now, my blog is already 2 months old! I still remember thinking, gosh, it’ll take ages for the vanilla extract to start smelling like a real vanilla extract. Fast forward to today, 28 February – my vanilla extract is 2 months (+2 days) old and is ready to be used! And I’ve to say that minus the vodka hit that I got from first opening the bottle, the extract smells exactly like Tahitian one I have 🙂
Here’s how my baby looked last month (at 4 weeks old):
Here’s how my baby now:
And yes, I’ve upgraded it to a larger jar (which is $2 from Daiso), so that I can submerge the vanilla beans with ease and add more vodka when needed. Although the color difference isn’t too great from one to two months, the flavor really does intensify – I occasionally open the jar up to smell the vanilla extract and it really smells better and better! Whoever said that vanilla was like wine was right on the money! It really is better with age – it becomes more mature, and there is more depth to the smell. Taste-wise, I can’t tell yet because I haven’t tried it in my baking, because I intend to age it for a little while more, AND finish using my existing bottle of vanilla extract before I strain this extract (to get rid of the fibres from the pod) and start using it :]
I might even do a giveaway when this vanilla extract is mature enough (in my opinion), so do stay tuned! If you want to make your own homemade vanilla extract, all you need is a jar, a knife, some strong alcohol, and some vanilla beans! And lots of patience of course! It really is that simple!