We get through a TONNE of vanilla extract in our house since we switched to eating more real food and using sour dough. I add vanilla to pretty much everything, but it is expensive.
Katie Riddle's method of making vanilla extract not only produces a gluten-free gaps diet friendly vanilla extract (Did you know that your regular vanilla extract contains gluten? Me neither until today) but it's going to save us a lot of money.
12 vanilla beans (I got 50 for £10 with free delivery from VanillaMart)
1l Vodka (£13 with free delivery from Ocado.
So I figure to make 1L of vanilla extract is going to cost me £15.40.
My regular vanilla extract costs me £6.99 for 60ml. That's £116.50 a litre, so I'm going to save just over a hundred pounds by the time I use the whole bottle up. That's incredible!
In fact, I'm also going to have loads of extra vanilla pods (why did I buy so many?!) so I'll probably make a few batches and store them in the basement. Which means I could end up saving around £400.
Reality check. I'm probably going to end up giving a lot of vanilla extract away, but I will still have saved a LOT of money and blessed a few people.
Plus I get to enjoy guilt free vanilla in everything...Mmmmmmm....
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