Vanilla Extract

Total Time:
720 hr 5 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
720 hr

Yield:
depends on bottle size
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 12 vanilla beans
  • Vodka
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • 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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Help what is the shelf life on this vanilla extract ?? I mean do you throw it out in 6 months, a year ...........what ?????? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ina didn't say how long this extract keeps. Also many comments have said to split the beans before adding vodka but Ina didn't say to do that either. Help I'm confused item not reviewed by moderator and published
Does anyone know if you can use bourbon instead of vodka? item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love having vanilla I have made myself to cook with! What a great find!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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". item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another question...Could I have a couple of examples of how to use the beans after they have been marinaded in the vodka? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just a question... Does it matter the quality of the vodka you use? Is it ok to use cheap vodka in this? item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! Brent item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you for the smaller container, and keep adding to the larger container! Will start mine, and in 6months...woohoo!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It seems like the shelf life is indefinite because she said she started a jar 25 years ago and still has it going.  I'm going to try this as soon as I can get my hands on some vanilla beans! item not reviewed by moderator and published
There is no shelf life. You just keep adding beans and vodka and it'll last forever. I looked up other people's versions and found that's what they do. They differ however by cutting the beans. I'm going to use Ina's method cause then you can use the whole beans and scrape when you need it.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
In my research I've seen it done both ways, but this is Ina Garten, I don't think you can go too wrong doing it the same way she does! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did you remember to split the beans and shake it up every few days? And did you use enough beans? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dry them off and put them in sugar for Vanilla Sugar. Let the sugar set for at least 2 weeks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes it is, you do not have to buy really expensive vodka for good vanilla extract. Just buy good beans! item not reviewed by moderator and published
actually, what you need is a low proof spirit whether it is rum or vodka or... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I bookmarked your response! So helpful! TY! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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