Homemade Vanilla Extract...

Baking By caked4life Updated 24 Aug 2011 , 10:21pm by TammyH

caked4life Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 5:19pm
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I have seven vanilla beans, does anyone know how much vodka to add to make extract?

TIA

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klutzy_baker Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 5:30pm
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I found info on joythebaker that says 3 beans per 1 cup of vodka.

Here's the instructions:

http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/06/how-to-make-vanilla-extract/

caked4life Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 5:31pm
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Originally Posted by klutzy_baker

I found info on joythebaker that says 3 beans per 1 cup of vodka.

Here's the instructions:

http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/06/how-to-make-vanilla-extract/




You rock klutzy_baker! Thanks!

klutzy_baker Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 6:07pm
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No problem icon_smile.gif Good luck!

caked4life Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 6:47pm
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Got my vanilla resting in the pantry. Can wait til my six months are up!

idontknow Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 9:52pm
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Originally Posted by caked4life

Got my vanilla resting in the pantry. Can wait til my six months are up!




me too!! i just opened it to have a quick sniff and it already smells good!

scp1127 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 5:14am
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I use 16 beans with great flavor per two cups of Grey Goose Vodka. This makes a premium vanilla extract like I have never tasted. I could not believe the quality. But it will depend on your beans.

Lili5768 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 5:58am
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I have 12 vanilla beans in 2 cups of Smirnoff vodka. I started them on the 6th of July so they've still got a way to go.

caked4life Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 4:58pm
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Almost 1 month down and my vanilla is looking GREAT! I'm so excited, but still have a ways to go. icon_cry.gif

Gerle Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 5:13pm
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I made mine in a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka. Can't remember how many beans I put in there, but it was a lot! It's almost a month old and I, too, have a long way to go. Can't wait to try it!

vgray Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 5:24pm
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So do you leave it for 2 months or 6 months. The link provided says 2 months but Caked4life just said 6??

caked4life Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 6:44pm
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Originally Posted by vgray

So do you leave it for 2 months or 6 months. The link provided says 2 months but Caked4life just said 6??




vgray...Most posts/articles I've read says 6 months, this is why I chose this time, but I'm guessing it can be used after 2 months as well. The flavor may not be as intense I would imagine.

caked4life Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 6:45pm
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Originally Posted by vgray

So do you leave it for 2 months or 6 months. The link provided says 2 months but Caked4life just said 6??




vgray...Most posts/articles I've read says 6 months, this is why I chose this time, but I'm guessing it can be used after 2 months as well. The flavor may not be as intense I would imagine.

vgray Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 7:55pm
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Awesome, thanks for clearing that up, makes sense. Also, one more question lol how long does it last after it is ready?

TammyH Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 10:21pm
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Awesome, thanks for clearing that up, makes sense. Also, one more question lol how long does it last after it is ready?




It lasts forever... really. I made this a few years ago as christmas gifts. When I bottled it in the smaller-decorative bottles, I put a few vanilla beans in each bottle and trimmed the top/bottoms off (to make the look "pretty"). I then took all the "scrap" vanilla bean parts and put them in a mason jar with a little more vodka. I've been using it for years now (just keep adding a little vodka when it gets low -- last year I added a few more vanilla beans I had left over from baking).

HTH

TammyH

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