it’s no secret i love baking, so there is always a steady supply of vanilla around these parts. at my cupcake class a few weeks ago, the store owner pulled out her homemade vanilla. i was floored, only to find out directions are all over the internet. i won’t go back, people, and if you try this you won’t either. have a bad day? pull out your homemade vanilla and take a whiff. all will be right with the world for awhile.
1 bottle of dark rum (the store owner recommended whaler’s rum at trader joe’s, $9.99)
4-5 vanilla beans
1 jar (i found inexpensive jars at ikea and cost plus)
pour rum into a cleaned and sterilized jar with a sealed closing. add beans and refrigerate. vanilla will keep indefinitely. you can also scrape some of the beans and stick them back in the jar. yum.