We all know that these flavors are also considered spices and used in baking and cooking. But, did you know that because of their powerful strength, there is so much you can do with them?
One of my favorite things to do is to use their aroma to INFUSE various things....
Basically, you set your aromatic inside a clean jar and then add the substance you wish to absorb that flavor. It is a lot like brewing tea, but without the water!
|Infusing Tea Bags with Vanilla Bean|
|Infusing Sugar with Vanilla Beans|
Infusing Sugar with an Aromatic: I placed vanilla beans inside a clean glass jar and then filled it with sugar. Cover and let sit for a month, shaking occasionally. Use in hot drinks, cold drinks, sprinkled on toast, oatmeal or as a topping on cookies or scones.
|Homemade Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Infused Vodka|
Infusing aromatics is easy. The key is to have clean jars, lovely scented spices or dried herbs and time. You can infuse any of the above ingredients in sugar, tea bags or alcohol. I also want to try infusing lavender at some point!