DIY Project: Baking Extracts

I’ve been lost in the frenzy of summer, so please forgive me for the delay in postings.

Even with a limited and not-so-snazzy kitchen this summer, I have found some entertainment and joy in DIY Extracts.

First up was mint as I didn’t have a vanilla bean on hand but was blessed with an abundance of mint to use. Thus the mint won out.

Almost a year ago, someone brought over a bottle of vodka for a gathering and left it for my collection. For all the time it has been at my house, I’ve actually not been the one to drink it, but there was about 3/4 cup left in the bottle, so I adjusted this recipe. I had this beautiful sight curing in my fridge the past month:

Quite easy. No heating, no chopping. I did muddle the mint leaves with a wooden spoon in a measuring cup to ensure that they were sufficiently bruised. And I didn’t want my hands to eternally smell of mint.

After one month of curing in the fridge, I got this:

Next up was vanilla extract. I decided to get the cheapest bottle of vodka available because, let’s face it, it’s hard to have too much vanilla extract on hand. I was tempted to get bourbon instead, however, the grocery budget won out. Here’s what you do:

I chose to split the beans before dunking them in the vodka. It’s turning a lovely color. I misjudged the amounts of vanilla and vodka. According to one recipe, I should have used 7 (yes, SEVEN) vanilla beans for this amount of vodka. I guess we’ll find out at the end of the 30 days. Until then…



Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Love Your Look!

Single Christian Girls

Because we're all crazy. Someone just needed to say something.

Nurse Eye Roll

humor | honesty | nursey shenanigans

The Orthodox Clergy Wife by Presbytera Anonyma

the secret sisterhood of Orthodox clergy wives

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.


striving for truth ... and normality

In All Things

"Grant us to greet the coming day in peace. In all things help us to do Your will..."

The Garfield Park Arts Center

The center for arts in Indy Parks

Heaven is at Hand

Struggling in Christ for Authentic Life

%d bloggers like this: