Vanilla Extract

Stormy Stewart


Making Vanilla is one of the easiest recipes for gift giving. But start ahead as it takes about 8 weeks


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  • 16 oz
  • 6
    vanilla beans split open length wise

  • 8 oz
  • 5
    vanilla beans split open length wise

How to Make Vanilla Extract


  1. For premium Vanilla

    Take 5 whole vanilla beans, split lengthwise and add to 8 ounces of 35%+ alcohol. Any type of alcohol can be used, but bottom shelf vodka is most common because it will not add any additional flavors to the extract. Bourbon, rum and brandy can also be used. After 8 short weeks the extract is ready to enjoy. Remove the beans at that point

    I do recommend glass bottles.
  2. For regular vanilla

    Do the same as above but using the amounts specified above
  3. If you prefer bold and smokey? If so, try Mexican vanilla beans. Rich and creamy? Use Madagascar Vanilla Beans! Floral aroma and unique cherry-chocolate? Venture to the Tahitian vanilla beans. Each type is excellent for homemade vanilla extract. You can even blend various varieties together. The floral, fruity, cherry like notes of the Tahitian variety blend wonderfully with the nutty-chocolate character of the Bourbon varieties.

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About Vanilla Extract

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Other Tag: Healthy

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