I've been brewin' my homemade vanilla extract for exactly 1 month now. It's been very easy and very low maintenance.
Here's the recipe, which I found on allrecipes.com
10 vanilla beans, split in half
1 liter of vodka
Cut the vanilla beans, put them in the vodka, seal and store in a dark area (such as a kitchen cabinet) for a minimum of 3 weeks and maximum of 6 months for best flavor. Shake it once a week. After the vanilla is gone, you can add more vodka and keep using the same beans for up to a year!
So I just need to perfect this super hard recipe (psych!) by January-ish, and then get them going for real then, and they'll be ready just in time for our smack dab in the middle of July wedding next year.
Here are pictures:
Exactly 4 weeks later:
I wish I could do a scratch and sniff Blog! It smells soooo good!