"The wife is like the fire, or to put things in their proper proportion, the fire is like the wife.
Like the fire, the woman is expected to cook: not to excel in cooking, but to cook,

.... be a cook, but not a competitive cook,

a school mistress, but not a competitive schoolmistress; a house-decorator but not a competitive house-decorator, etc...
She should have not one trade but twenty hobbies; she... may develop all her second bests.

Women were not kept at home in order to keep them narrow;
on the contrary, they were kept at home in order to keep them broad.

G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World?

June 25, 2013

Homemade Vanilla Extract

This is good stuff.  I got original recipe from this post.

Every few years I clean it out and start a fresh batch, but as long as the vanilla beans are in there, you can keep refreshing the vodka in little bits as long as there's enough strong vanilla flavored vodka still in the jar to blend with and flavor the vodka addition.  At least that's what I do.


Kaylee Hicks said...

Must try!

Joe and Grace said...

When the recipe says it will be fully cured in 6 months does that mean you can't use it for 6 months? Or just that it will taste better and better?
Thanks, Grace

Leah said...

The longer it soaks in the vanilla flavor and dark color of the bean the more vanilla flavor you will actually taste in the recipe. Some say wait a month. Some say a year! But the longer it sits, the richer the flavor. That's why I make a large jar. The flavor gets deeper and deeper as time goes by. Mmmm!!