Tonight is supposed to be down to 43°. Fall is truly here.
Right after breakfast, scrambled eggs and toast and (for me only) salsa, I got my vanilla project going. I have wanted to do this for a long time but finally ordered the vanilla beans and bought the vodka. It is so simple.
All you need is:
1 750 ml bottle of good vodka
12-15 vanilla beans (I ordered mine through Amazon)
You slice through the beans with either a knife or kitchen scissors up to within 1 inch of stem end. Drop into the bottle, put on lid. Simple wasn't it? I will shake it a couple of times a day for a week or so and then store in the cabinet for a couple of months. You can even replace the used vanilla with either more vodka or rum for a while. I think rum would add another flavor.
and here is the bottle with all the beans added,
I have enough beans left for more vanilla. I probably should just buy more vodka and get it started. I know the beans have to be stored in a particular way, not frozen. I tried to keep some once and they completely dried out. They are expensive so I don't want to loose any!
The vanilla is already getting a darker color and smells like vanilla.
It is now the next morning, September 26, the weatherman was right. It will be 43° by sunrise.