Vanilla Extract

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720 hr 5 min
5 min
720 hr

depends on bottle size


Find a tall bottle that will hold at least a dozen vanilla beans. Fill the bottle with vodka. Let the beans marinate in the vodka for at least a month.

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    Does anyone know if you can use bourbon instead of vodka? 
    Food network: please delete this review! How do you rate a 1 star just because you have a question!!! That 1 star has lowered the overall rating for no reason apparent!!!
    to apyorke, I have used Brandy, Bourbon, Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and Meyers Rum, as well as Vodka. They have all worked extremely well. Get really good Vanilla Beans and be sure to split them before adding to the alcohol of your choice. My favorite, so far, is the Brandy, followed closely by both Rums.
    The beans work best if you split them before adding them to the bottle. The longer they sit the better. Be sure to top off the bottle every so often with more vodka to keep it going.
    Mine has been sitting for 6 months and isn't as dark as store bought vanilla. Does it get darker or is this just different than store bought pure vanilla extract?
    Did you remember to split the beans and shake it up every few days? And did you use enough beans?
    Love having vanilla I have made myself to cook with! What a great find!!!
    This recipe has been resting in my cabinet for the last five months since I made it with potato vodka so it would be gluten-free. Meanwhile, I will use up my other vanilla extract while this prepared one turns dark.
    Any Vodka Not Flavoured works Fine. Also,If Vanilla Beans are Dried Out,Might Be Able to Use open slit down North to South into a Big Jar of Sugar. Flavours and Makes "Vanilla Sugar".
    Another question...Could I have a couple of examples of how to use the beans after they have been marinaded in the vodka?
    Dry them off and put them in sugar for Vanilla Sugar. Let the sugar set for at least 2 weeks.
    Just a question... Does it matter the quality of the vodka you use? Is it ok to use cheap vodka in this?
    Yes it is, you do not have to buy really expensive vodka for good vanilla extract. Just buy good beans!
    actually, what you need is a low proof spirit whether it is rum or vodka or...
    Homemade vanilla extract is so easy and delicious!  
    The most important part is making sure you have the correct vanilla bean to alcohol ratio. According to the FDA, a single fold extract should use "13.35 ounces of vanilla beans per gallon of extract is single fold (single strength vanilla extract". This equates to 5-6 whole vanilla beans per 8 ounces alcohol. Therefore if you use a pint sized bottle of vodka, 10-12 vanilla beans would be needed. If using a standard 750 ml bottle, 15-18 whole vanilla beans would be required. Any less than this is essentially making vanilla flavored vodka. 
    Shopping for vanilla beans online will also provide significant savings (beanilla has beans for less than $1 each. 
    I hope this helps! 
    Thank you for the smaller container, and keep adding to the larger container! Will start mine, and in 6months...woohoo!!!
    I started my home made vanilla extract from Ina's recipe in 2001. It is fabulous! I have a large jar filled with vanilla beans and vodka that I pour into a smaller container to use on a regular bases. I simply add more vodka and vanilla bean every once in a while. The vanilla bean is amazing and so easy to use after it has been soaking in vodka. Simply cut off the tip and squeeze out the beans rather than having to cut it open and scrap! NOTE: It took about 6-8 months of marinating before I started using it.
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