Homemade Vanilla: Rum Or Vodka?

Decorating By CakeRx Updated 22 Aug 2009 , 6:22pm by HerBoudoir

CakeRx Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 12:05am
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For those of you who make your own vanilla-- do you use rum or vodka? I recently bought some Madagascar beans to do my own but don't know which is the norm. Thanks!

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Doug Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 12:09am
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only vanilla taste -- vodka or everclear (which would have to be diluted with water after finished extracting)

using rum will give both tastes -- rum & vanilla (which can make a wonderful vanilla rum & coke!)

mommyle Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 12:13am
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I like rum vanilla for chocolate cakes.
I prefer vodka vanilla in my other cakes (no tastes).
However, I much prefer vodka in my orange juice and rum in my coke.

CakeRx Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 12:13am
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Originally Posted by Doug

only vanilla taste -- vodka or everclear (which would have to be diluted with water after finished extracting)

using rum will give both tastes -- rum & vanilla (which can make a wonderful vanilla rum & coke!)




Thanks-- what vodka/water ratio would you suggest? (Rum and coke is my 'caking companion!') icon_wink.gif

Doug Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 12:20am
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everclear is the one you have to cut...not the vodka.

everclear is 190 proof (95% alcohol) so would want to do at least 1:1 with water to get it down to around 95 proof, the same range as a good vodka.

recipe:
http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_vanilla_extract/

CakeRx Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 1:09am
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Doug, You always have a great answer for everything. Thanks for the help!

madras650 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:34am
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Doug Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 3:31am
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Originally Posted by madras650

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Vanilla-Extraction/

This web site has all the answers.




the site seems more about advertising and other silliness than good information presented in a non-annoying and easily digested manner.

glitzy does not = quality.

madras650 Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 12:51pm
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Originally Posted by Doug

Quote:
Originally Posted by madras650

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Vanilla-Extraction/

This web site has all the answers.



the site seems more about advertising and other silliness than good information presented in a non-annoying and easily digested manner.

glitzy does not = quality.




In my opinion the information in this web site helped me tremendously with the decisions I had to make in making my own Vanilla. I appreciated all the research and links for me to browse to make an educated decision on what beans I wanted to use.

I also really liked the recipe.

Without sounding confrontational, why did you feel the need to comment negatively on my post? I was just trying to be helpful to a fellow CC member with information that helped me in the past.

I feel that your initial answer was extremely helpful, I was just trying to give more resources.

Have a nice day
M~

pianocat Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 1:40pm
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I just use vodka-Ina Gartens recipe. It's great.

madras650 Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 1:46pm
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Originally Posted by pianocat

I just use vodka-Ina Gartens recipe. It's great.




Can you post a link to her recipe, I tried to google it, no luck
Thanks

mixinvixen Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 1:59pm
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cooks illustrated just recommended in their latest magazine to use vodka...i actually bought some but haven't made it yet. going to make earlene's homemade kahlua while i'm being crafty also...have spent so much money on store bought, it's about time i make my own!!!!!

pianocat Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 2:09pm
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I found it by going to foodnetwork.com and went to her recipes.
www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/vanilla-extract-recipe/index.html

pianocat Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 2:17pm
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minivixen-is there a recipe for the homemade Kahlua?

madras650 Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 2:25pm
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minivixen-is there a recipe for the homemade Kahlua?




This is the recipe I am going to try. I can't wait!

http://www.beanilla.com/homemade-kahlua-a-5.html

pianocat Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 2:44pm
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Thanks Madras, I'll try that too!

pbeckwith Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 2:54pm
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I've been making my own vanilla for a few years now. My first batch was 3-4 beans, split, put into the vodka, gently shake the bottle a few times every day for a month - strain those bean pods out, add 3-4 more split beans, do the same for another month, strain those pods and add 3-4 more split beans - ready for use. I found that batch a bit strong so the next batch was 4 beans and another 4 beans. It's perfect in my opinion.
I also received a tip here on CC to use bourbon. I did a small bottle of bourbon and use that in my caramel recipe for caramel/chocolate covered apples and caramel popcorn.

mixinvixen Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 3:36pm
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here is the recipe for the homemade kahlua...it makes a very large batch, so make sure you have enough vodka purchased ahead of time, along with a big enough container (s) to hold it all. (that's my delay...have to buy one more thing of vodka)

http://www.earlenescakes.com/recipes.htm

pianocat Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 3:50pm
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Thanks Minivixen-theres some more great sounding recipes on there! Did you notice there is a recipe for a smaller amount of the Kahlua?

Doug Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 8:11pm
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Originally Posted by madras650

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Originally Posted by Doug

Quote:
Originally Posted by madras650

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Vanilla-Extraction/

This web site has all the answers.



the site seems more about advertising and other silliness than good information presented in a non-annoying and easily digested manner.

glitzy does not = quality.



In my opinion the information in this web site helped me tremendously with the decisions I had to make in making my own Vanilla. I appreciated all the research and links for me to browse to make an educated decision on what beans I wanted to use.

I also really liked the recipe.

Without sounding confrontational, why did you feel the need to comment negatively on my post? I was just trying to be helpful to a fellow CC member with information that helped me in the past.

I feel that your initial answer was extremely helpful, I was just trying to give more resources.

Have a nice day
M~




please reread my comment

it was about the SITE...

NOT about you.

and I do have a right to dislike a SITE

and as one who teaches Journalism which includes layout and design for newspaper, yearbook and the web -- the site gets an F

repeat -- the SITE -- not you!

HerBoudoir Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 6:22pm
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Don't forget to add the vanilla pods that you've scraped for other purposes into the vanilla brew - they still have a ton of flavor in them icon_smile.gif

I primarily use vodka, and the cheapest that I can find at that - it makes great vanilla extract! I started a jar of rum-based vanilla extract about a year ago, and at first it had a faint vanilla scent, but now it's just all vanilla. As I recall, the cheap rum was slightly more expensive than the cheap vodka.

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