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!
I love that site. It has been on my favorites for years.
Interesting - thanks for posting.
Cool! nice site...thanks!
Good info. I started making my own about a year ago. Cheaper and better IMO.
Thanks for info
Thanks for sharing
great site thanks
cb_one how do you make your own?
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.
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!
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
Thanks for sharing...where do you buy the beans?
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.