Upon further research, I discovered you can get gourmet vanilla beans cheaper online which were promptly found on eBay. After pouring out some of the vodka in both of my large bottles, I added dark rum to my concoction. Clarice at Storybook Woods told me she uses brandy. I didn’t have any brandy but used her hint that rum also works.A tiny slit was made down the length of my new beans and I inserted five of each bean type into each vodka/rum bottle (two batches were in action at the same time). The whole shebang was stored away in a dark cupboard waiting for the resulting miracle that is homemade vanilla.
The homemade vanilla turned out to be scrumptious with its exquisite fragrance and taste. My bottles of goodness were packed for giving to my family at Christmas thanks to a DIY project posted on Twig & Thistle.
Worrying about whether they’d leak when mailing, I cut up a sandwich baggie and placed a little square of the plastic over the top of each bottle before screwing on the lid. Not a drop leaked in the shipping process.