I Found Some Interesting Info About Vanilla!

Decorating By Callyssa Updated 1 Mar 2009 , 12:54am by cb_one

Callyssa Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 5:03pm
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I just posted a few questions about vanilla, but came across this site and found it very interesting. Especially the part about some vanilla extracts not being real vanilla extract, which is one reason I want to make my own! Lots of good information on one page!


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chutzpah Posted 27 Feb 2009 , 5:19pm
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I love that site. It has been on my favorites for years.

-Tubbs Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 4:16am
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Interesting - thanks for posting.

Monkess Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 4:30am
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Cool! nice site...thanks!

cb_one Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 8:16pm
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Good info. I started making my own about a year ago. Cheaper and better IMO.

Uniqueask Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 8:38pm
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Thanks for info

punkinpie Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 8:42pm
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Thanks for sharing

Wildrose6633 Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 8:48pm
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great site thanks

cb_one how do you make your own?

bbmom Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 8:53pm
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I've seen several recipes on allrecipes.com for homemade vanilla. They vary in the amount of vanilla beans used, but basically you soak vanilla beans in either vodka or rum for a couple months or longer. The reviews were undecided on actual flavor most people used way more vanilla and soaked for up to a year to get a strong flavor.

lindambc Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 9:21pm
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Yummy! and thanks for the info! I think I am going to order some vanilla beans and try this. I have been wanting to make vanilla sugar for a while, so I am going to try doing both!

Thanks for the great info and inspiration!

sayhellojana Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 9:35pm
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I've never made my own vanilla extract, but I bake with vanilla beans all the time and I always throw the leftover pods in my sugar jar. It makes the kitchen smell excellent and my sugar is already tinted with vanilla icon_smile.gif

rockysmommy Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 9:37pm
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Thanks for sharing...where do you buy the beans?

cb_one Posted 1 Mar 2009 , 12:54am
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I usually buy my bean on eBay. I let my beans soak in Vodka for at least 8 months. usually 8-10 beans per Liter.

Slice the beans and scrape the seeds out. Then I cut the pods in 1-2" and toss them in.
Keep the bottle in a dark a cool place.
I shake the bottle every day for a week, then 1 every 2-3 weeks.

After about 3months I drain the extract and take the pods out, ( not the seeds ) and replace them with fresh ones. After another 3-4months it should be good enough to use.

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