Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers.
I had a hard time finding a glass gallon sized jar to begin my adventure (Laura says it is important to use glass-for leaching purposes) So I bought a box of 1/2 gallon jars and I figure I'll use the rest in this summers canning adventures.
Laura, I split my beans by cutting them almost all of the way to the top, leaving about an inch, with kitchen shears. She said I would need 80 beans for 1 gallon, so I filled the jars with 40 each.
Laura goes through all of that on her blog too. She even has a series of recipe cards, an ebook, suggestions for bottles to buy (yes...they do have to be amber colored), and even a code for 10% off your beans at Olive Nation (where I ordered mine from--they are WAY expensive to buy locally; my mom is headed to Hawaii soon and I heard a rumor they are inexpensive there--I am hoping she'll bring some home for me.) Ok...so for the rest of the info, visit Laura HERE at Heavenly Homemakers. I still can't believe I bought a gallon of vodka!
By the way, I looked at the vanilla I already had in the cabinet--and you guessed it..alcohol was in it! If you want some really disgusting info on vanilla: imitation vanilla is made from wood extract...yuck! (I think I saw that on Heavenly Homemakers too, but I confirmed it on wikipedia. Anyway...great project--very simple! I hope you'll try it!
Blessings to you,
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