Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

I have been procrastinating making a Vanilla Extract for more than a year. And I have no reason to explain it away.

Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

Finally I took the plunge and used the 3 Vanilla Beans I had saved for this. Everytime I look at the extract I wonder why? Why did I wait for it so long?

Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

Just looking at it is therapeutic for me. :)

Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

 

Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 150 ml extract

Vanilla Extract at Home | How To

Making Vanilla Extract at home is the easiest part.

Ingredients

  • 150 ml - Vodka or neutral liquor of your choice like Rum
  • 3 – Vanilla Beans or pods

Instructions

  1. Scrape out 1 bean. Put the bean, scraped pulp and remaining beans in a clean bottle.
  2. Pour the vodka into the bottle. Close the stopper and shake the bottle well to distribute the seeds.
  3. The extract will be clear for first few days and soon after it will start getting darker. After 2 weeks you can use the extract but the flavour will be very subtle.
  4. After 3rd week, the color should be amber and aroma is richer.

Notes:

Source: Zoe Bakes

I used vodka bottle to make extract instead of putting it in another bottle. You can use any container you prefer.

The number of pods will depend on the container you use.

Best results if you can wait out for 4-5 weeks and then use extract.

If using in Buttercream, strain the extract to remove any vanilla strings. It can be stored at room temperature forever and the flavour just keeps getting better & better.

http://lemoninginger.com/2014/05/05/vanilla-extract/

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  • urooj

    Woah! Is there vodka/rum in the store-brought vanilla extract?!

    • Yes. but I believe it is possible to make non-alcoholic version using glycerin.