Homemade Vanilla Extract!

Decorating By grammynan Updated 10 Dec 2009 , 2:46pm by tatorchip

grammynan Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 1:53pm
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A friend gave me some homemade vanilla extract. It is a whole vanilla bean sliced opened soaking in 4 oz. of vodka! I used 1 tablespoon of it in a double batch of icing and WOW!!

I don't know which taste is better, the vanilla or the vodka!! thumbs_up.gif

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egensinnig Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 1:55pm
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What a wonderful idea! I have bottles and bottles of vodka that we never use - now I'm going ot make Vanilla extract for myself and as christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing!

cylstrial Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 2:16pm
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Originally Posted by grammynan



I don't know which taste is better, the vanilla or the vodka!! thumbs_up.gif




LOL!! icon_lol.gif

Love2BakeCakes Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 2:45pm
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Good to know. Thanks for sharing.

xinue Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 2:48pm
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It is great, but you have to let it soak for some time (2 weeks min)... so if you are planing christmas gifts, better get started!
The only con I find about it is that it makes my cake too yellow... still the falvor is wonderful!

egensinnig Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 2:53pm
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Ok - thanks for the info. I'll buy my vanilla beans tomorrow and get started!

madras650 Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 8:51pm
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I make my own vanilla. This wen site helped me a lot. You need a minimum of 1 month before the vanilla is ready to use.

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

fat-sissy Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 9:03pm
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I started making my own vanilla last year. That's a good link that madras gave if anyone wants to make their own.

Here's a discussion from here on CC too:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=583550&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=vanilla&&start=90

lutie Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 7:15pm
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I make mine out of KY bourbon and we live in a county that is dry! My son usually gets it for me, as he lives in a wet county...makes the best vanilla ever!

msmeg Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 8:01pm
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ok so how do you know my sister ???

really she just brought a 5th of vodka she had fixed with the vanilla beans for my Mother guess it has to sit a month

And she brought me the beans to make my own 2 different kinds of beans.


after it is down she said you can remove the beans and stick them in sugar for vanilla sugar.

BooBooKitty Posted 9 Dec 2009 , 8:00pm
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omg, I totally love this idea!!!

rosiecast Posted 9 Dec 2009 , 9:07pm
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And check Costco because they have a really good price on vanilla beans.

Callyssa Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 2:08pm
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Oh my gosh, that link (Indestructables) says to use 98 BEANS in a gallon of vodka!!! It says anything less is just vanilla flavored booze! That's waaay more beans than I've ever seen used, but then, maybe you don't have to let it sit for months and months to steep? I've been meaning to try this, I guess now is as good a time as any!

Callyssa Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 2:10pm
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Oops....Instructables, not inDEstructables, sorry! LOL

tatorchip Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 2:46pm
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I never tried the vanilla, but I will now. Thanks for the info.
I made some with star anise and vodka, 1 quart vodka and 15 stars (star anise pods, found at Gro. store) and let steep for 6 months. W0W the taste is awesome, I used some in bc icing and it is so good, it does make the bc a light tan color. So Good tasting. I also use it in cookies. It has the taste of black licorice.

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