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Topic: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract *UPDATE*  (Read 39197 times)
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« Reply #50 on: December 10, 2010 07:44:30 AM »

I never thought making vanilla extract was something you could do at home. Guess I was wrong. haha  This looks like a cool project to tackle in the future. hmmm...

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« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2010 02:00:58 PM »

3 days and already the vodka is turning brown. Can't wait.

I'm sure it'll go splendidly, it's looking great!!

I never knew you could do this either, I always figured there was some crazy major process to be done to make extract....I'm am definitely going to give this a try :-)
I never thought making vanilla extract was something you could do at home. Guess I was wrong. haha  This looks like a cool project to tackle in the future. hmmm...
That's exactly what I thought, too, before I made it. I always thought it must be difficult for as much as I pay for it. But, now I'm never buying vanilla from the store again! Just as long as I remember to keep the vodka full... Wink

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« Reply #52 on: December 31, 2010 06:19:45 AM »

I made these for Christmas this year and they went over fabulously! Paired them with a layered cookie mix in a jar and placed them both in a Christmas basket. Thanks for the idea!  Grin
« Reply #53 on: January 01, 2011 03:31:40 PM »

Sounds interesting as I love vanilla.  I found a 16 oz bottle of pure vanilla mccormick for only 6 bucks at sams club which is cheaper yet and will take awhile to use up  Wink
« Reply #54 on: January 12, 2011 11:27:50 AM »

This is definitely going to be a christmas gift for my friends and family next year!
« Reply #55 on: January 16, 2011 09:38:48 PM »

I should do this and something else for Christmas next year. That's a good idea. This year I did baskets of baked goods so this is right up my alley. Smiley

I can't wait to make vanilla extract...and vanilla sugar...and then use it to make vanilla syrup. Smiley Perfect set for a coffee lover. Tongue AKA my boyfriend...and his dad...hmmmmmm

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« Reply #56 on: January 19, 2011 08:49:03 AM »

This looks so amazing! I can't wait to try it out. My mom bought a bunch of really cheap vanilla on her trip to Jamaica so this is perfect.

« Reply #57 on: January 30, 2011 11:48:26 AM »

I made homemade vanilla with this method and love it.  I left it in storage (shaking one a week) for 3 months before I first used it.  I love it, much better than imitation.

« Reply #58 on: February 04, 2011 06:31:17 PM »

I did this for Christmas this year too -- I used mid-grade vodka - it worked well (but I am not an expert) I also didn't filter it -- thinking that any vanilla specks would just make it more flavorful.
People loved it - I got the bottles at a local food co-op - they ordered them by the case for me and did cost +10%, so it was a deal.
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« Reply #59 on: February 12, 2011 07:05:12 PM »

Just an FYI...I make my own vanilla also, have for years.  The type of vanilla bean makes a big difference.  Madascar vanilla beans are the highest you can buy, and make fantastic vanilla. It takes 3 months to fully develop, so be patient.  You can, at any time replenish the vodka or brandy/vodka mixture in your bottle with the beans and use it right away.  You should also store your vanilla in a dark bottle, as light does affect it's longevity.  You can purchase brown bottles on line at home brewing shops.  Try it, really...you'll never buy vanilla again. 

Oh...almost forgot...don't remove the seeds, they lend a very distinct taste and look to your recipes. A perk that you don't get from your store bought vanilla.

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