And 25 Madagascar vanilla beans online. They were on sale at beanilla.
I'm going to make vanilla extract. The recipe says to just stick 5 vanilla beans, split lengthwise, in 8 ounces of 35%+ alcohol for two months. I think I can do that without messing it up.
All this almond flour baking that I do requires whopping doses of vanilla, usually about a tablespoon per batch of cookies, so I am constantly running out.
Plus, you have to be careful nowadays because I've noticed that many of the commercially-prepared vanilla extracts have sugar or corn syrup and water added to them. Making it myself I know that I will have a high-quality vanilla.
I am hoping that making it myself is cheaper, but honestly, I already forgot how much I paid for the 1.75-liter bottle of vodka! I did go to this conversion site and find out that 1.75 liters converts to 59.174540 ounces. Dividing this by 8, I find that I have enough to make my five bottles of extract with 2.3968175 ounces left over.
Hmmm. What shall I do with the extra?