Slipped the beans into the bottles(I’m making 2 batches to have extra for gifts). Capped the bottles and gave them a good shake. I’ll store them in a dark closet.I will continue to shake weekly for 6 months. At that point I will remove the beans and strain the extract through a coffee filter and into smaller bottles.
I had NO idea what a good deal was for the vodka since it was honestly the first time I had ever purchased it. I paid $22 on sale(reg. price was $29). I’m not sure that was the best price I could have found but I wanted to get it started. The vanilla beans cost $5.15 for 1 oz. or 7 beans. I don’t have the smaller bottles yet so I can’t really figure how much it will break down to per unit yet. For the amount it will make it will last a very long time though and should supply a decent amount of gifts so I figure it will end up being worth it.
EDIT: This post was originally written in April 2011. The vanilla brewed to perfection by Christmas and is now a staple in our home. I gifted several bottles to family and friends for Christmas and it was very well received. Pictures of the super cute bottles are here. I ended up not straining it at all, the tiny beans add flavor. After using and giving a good amount of it I simply added more vodka to the same beans and it will continue to brew. I kept an old bottle from store-bought vanilla and just refill it whenever I need more. It is amazing and I’ll never need to buy store-bought again!