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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / HOMEMADE VANILLA EXTRACT-BETTER LINK on: September 26, 2012 03:16:17 PM
I followed these directions this past Christmas

http://tipnut.com/homemade-vanilla-extract/

Much better info and FAQs. I made $200 worth of vanilla extract for $40.00

I got my beans here: http://www.beanilla.com/madagascar-vanilla-beans

They were the first quality Madagascar ones. 25 for $25.00. I did my homework. You will not beat that price or quality. They sell bottles too, if you need them.
Johanna in WI
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract *UPDATE* on: September 26, 2012 03:10:54 PM
Must be made in alcohol. That is a "sterile" liquid that keeps it from molding. The alcohol burns off when you cook.

***See this for MUCH MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION that I followed (not my blog)
http://tipnut.com/homemade-vanilla-extract/

I made mine at the past Christmas. I have 1.5 liters of vanilla extract. That is about 6 cups. At Penzey's spices, They sell  a one cup bottle for $40.00. I spent $20 on the Everclear (thinned 50% with distilled water) and $20 for the Madagascar beans, vacuum packed from a MI company. Check out the blog above. It will answer all your questions.
Johanna in WI
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract *UPDATE* on: September 26, 2012 03:03:18 PM
Regarding a few of your comments:

Some of your questions will be answered here: http://tipnut.com/homemade-vanilla-extract/

The "crystals" you mention should NOT be strained...
From the link..."There is white stuff coming out of the bean that I have in a bottle of extract, is this mold? Its highly unlikely that its moldy, but that white stuff youre seeing is not an illusionits likely vanillin that youre seeing oozing out, this is a sign of good quality! On cured pods of high quality, relatively pure vanillin may be visible as a white dust or frost on the exterior of the pod. See Wikipedia.org for more info."

I followed the tutorial, and made 2 bottles, 1 liter each of vanilla extract in Dec 2011. As of Sept 26, 2012, it is fully ready. I keep it in a dark cupboard. I used
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