Thursday, January 5, 2012

Decanting Vanilla

Its been a good and busy morning for me.

I got a load of laundry washed and hung.

One feed sack tote bag made.

I was also able to decant the vanilla that I made about a year and a half ago. I have decanted some before but today I decanted all that was left. I got 4 large glass lemonade bottles from what was left. Today I will go buy some more vodka so I can use the vanilla beans one more time. If I don't think it is working as good as I want it to I do have more vanilla I can use. If these beans are not good enough to use to make vanilla again I will dry them and make vanilla sugar. That stuff is really good in tea and I am not a sweet tea drinker but I do like vanilla sugar in my tea.

Since I was all our clothes outside using only cold water the whites look pretty bad. They are gray and yellow, ick. Today I put a few white (or used to be white) items in a big pot and put it on to boil with vinegar and dawn dish soap. I am going to let this soak overnight and wash them tomorrow and see if it helped any.

Do you have any hints for getting whites back to at least them a little more white?


Goose Hill Farm said...

I make my own vanilla sugar and my own vanilla extract now as well. I have used vodka and bourbon to make it, and I think I like the bourbon has a deeper, bolder flavor to it!

I have read that the beans can last up to seven years in the alcohol. Have you heard that too?


loves2spin said...

I'm sorry to hear about your laundry. The hype about cold water washing... no thanks! My laundry smells off when I do that and gets dingier. Plenty of super hot water, extra detergent and a good hang out in the sun. It might not do it all at once, but will help. My mom used blueing in her whites.

loves2spin said...

p.s. Mom put the blueing in the last rinse.

debbieo said...

I dont mind washing in cold water, I would rather do that than go to a washateria/laundry mat any day. The dingy whites is just something I have to deal with. I had thought of blueing too and am keeping an eye out for some. I think my boiling and vinegar trick helped a bunch.
I dont have a dryer so all of my clothes are hung to dry. I have thought of laying the whites on the grass to dry, I have heard that helps.