It has been such fun watching it get thicker and darker each day. By the end of the fortnight, the pecans have swollen and sunk down, and you have an incredibly dark brown, syrupy mixture, ripe for bottling. So grab your super-clean Chux (cleaning cloth), and let's start filtering.
|ready for filtering|
First you grab a medium-sized bowl, and place a large strainer over it. Then place a scrupulously clean Chux cloth over the strainer.
|bowl and strainer in place|
|Chux cloth over the strainer|
|you can see the speckly vanilla seeds around the edge of the jar|
|pouring the mixture into the cloth|
|squeeze out all the liquid from the nuts|
|you will end up with a bowl of luscious liqueur|
|and a heap of vodka-infused pecans|
Once you have poured the mixture into the cloth, you will squeeze and squeeze till all the liquid has come through. Replace the cloth with another clean cloth, and pour the liquid through again. Then you are left with the lovely stuff in your bowl, and the vodka-infused pecans in the original cloth. Now pour the liqueur into bottles and store in the fridge. Keep the nuts in a container in the fridge too; I figure they will go well on ice-cream.
|bottling the filtered liquid|
|ready for the fridge|
I used 2 brand-new Chux cloths for this. I rinsed and dried them before use. You can then wash them out and re-use the cloths, or do as I did (since they were a generic brand) - chuck 'em away.
(Check out my original post for the recipe here).
|my "drink me" potion doodle|