Pure vanilla extract is
difficult nearly impossible to find here in China.
If you can find it, it is super expensive.
So, we decided to make our own!
We ordered the vanilla beans on Taobao and they were delivered in just a couple of days.
We have no idea what “grade” they are, but they sure do smell good!
The beans cost me approximately $15 USD.
They arrived individually vacuum packed.
The vodka is from Sweden, but we purchased it at Metro.
::No skulking into the liquor store for me::
It is also available at IKEA here in China. It cost me around $17 USD.
For the best results, cut the beans in half and the scrap out the “caviar.”
It feels like oily sand on your fingers.
Then, chop up the “skins” of the beans.
Put it all in a jar.
(You are supposed to use a dark color jar, but I can’t find one. This jar is from IKEA.)
Add your vodka… the bottle fit perfectly, and so we just propped it up and left it to drain.
Shake vigorously to get the process started and store in a dark cupboard somewhere.
Mine is in my closet!
24 hours later.
Another 5.966 months to go!