|My sister cutting the tips off the vanilla beans|
|My sister and sister in law|
|First day - rum is clear|
Two weeks later
The rum will continue to darken. It is recommended to leave the beans in the rum for AT LEAST two months to get the full flavor - longer is better. The vanilla will never be quite as dark as purchased vanilla because there is usually coloring added. Periodically you want to shake your bottles. Keep them in a dark place.
Save your vanilla beans and add some to your smaller bottles, again the flavor will continue to develop. You can also remove the bean past from the bean pod itself and use for later cooking and flavoring.
My sister ordered these labels for her bottles.
I think I will be using a vintage Dennison label - not sure yet - I have awhile to think about it :)
I found the following link online which I thought was also a great idea. Purchase mini bottles of alcohol. Add the bean directly to that bottle and you already have a cute label and you don't need to transfer bottles later.
Making vanilla was quick and easy. The most time consuming part was gathering supplies, which half were ordered online and shipped to our home, making the gathering pretty simple.
I am excited to taste the final product and be able to give some as gifts and make some cookies.