Hurrah for adorable and homemade gifts!!
I finally dug my vodka bottles out of the pantry and got some 4 oz. jars ordered. So last night, I got everything strained and poured and labeled and ready to wrap up as Christmas gifts. And I'm pretty darn pleased with how it all turned out. Scratch that - I love how it all turned out!
Updated Cost List (for a double batch):Vanilla Beans: $25.19
24 Bottles & Lids (including shipping): $27.27
Labels: no cost, because I already had some in our office supplies
Ribbons: no cost, because I had some leftover from my Sarandipity days
With my two vodka bottles brewing in my pantry, I ended up having enough vanilla extract to fill nearly 30 of the 4 oz. bottles! But because I only ordered 24, I poured the rest into canning jars to keep for myself :) So, for 30 bottles, the cost per 4 oz. bottle works out to around $2.60 per bottle. Which is dirt cheap for real vanilla extract. Plus, you can't beat an adorable personalized and homemade gift, am I right?
Now, Let's Bake Something!
Wash your jars and lids and have them ready, with a funnel, for pouring.
I first tried straining with a coffee filter, but that took forever and eight days.
This fine mesh sieve does a decent job, but will allow a few seeds through.
Using a funnel, pour into each jar, leaving a little extra space for a piece of vanilla bean.
Snip off a small section of your vodka'd vanilla beans for each jar.
I like the end with the curl because it looks pretty in the jars.
Then, whip up a cutesy personalized label to slap onto each jar.
And gussy up with a ribbon. Perfect for gift giving!