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    Does anyone know how to make pure vanilla extract. Someone told me to use
    fresh vanilla beans and vodka. I don't know where to find fresh vanilla beans.
    I also need instructions on how to make it

    Thank you,
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    RE: Budget101.com : making pure vanilla extract


    I don't know how to make it. But, I have heard something about using vodka.

    I have found the cheapest (least expensive) is to find someone going to
    Mexico or south Arizona on vacation and get you some. My father brings me
    back a 1000ml (33.8 fl. Oz.) each year, It's only $3.00.

    Ask around of friends or friends parents, etc.



    Hope this helps,

    Tracy

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    RE: Budget101.com : making pure vanilla extract


    Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract

    Vodka will allow the most vanilla bean flavor to come through. However, you
    can also make it with brandy or rum. Experiment to see what you like best.
    The recipe is easily halved.

    2 or 3 vanilla beans
    8 ounces of vodka, rum or brandy

    Cut vanilla beans in half crosswise. Put them into a clean, dark, 8-ounce
    glass bottle (try an old vanilla extract bottles for this purpose). Using a
    funnel, pour alcohol into the bottle. Cap and shake for a minute or two.
    Label and date the bottle. Place in a cool place out of direct light.

    The extract should be shaken once a day, at least for the first week. You
    can use it after a week, but it is best after 3 or 4 weeks. The longer it
    sits, the more intense the flavor. While commercial vanilla extract has the
    beans removed, it's recommended to leave the beans in the bottle and as you
    use the extract, then top it off with more alcohol.

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    A good place to buy fresh vanilla beans is penzeys.com

    http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/ ... beans.html

    HTH!

    Deb
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    Re: Budget101.com : making pure vanilla extract


    I get all my vanilla from either Mexico or the Caribbean when I go on a cruise.

    I get some for both my kids.

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    Re: making pure vanilla extract


    We buy ours at ofe of the latin stores in town. It's pure, and very cheap. I
    pay less than $3.00 a bottle--and the bottle is more than twice the size I used
    to pay more than $6.00 for.....they speak english, too, so it's easy to shop
    there....we bought some from Costa Rica when we were there, and the vanilla I
    buy locally isn't any different. Now, *coffee* is a whole different story!
    Corri

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    I made some vanilla using vanilla beans and vodka. I put it in an empty mayo jar that was clean.

    It got darker as time went on.

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    i saw some vanilla beans at an international food store i shop at. i don't know if was sale price or not, it was 3.99 a pound.. i couldn't help myself and i kept walking by them and smelling them.. the air just smelled amazing.
    Ich möchte ein eisbär sein, am kalten polar.... Dan müßte ich nicht mehr schrein... Alles wär so klar... Eisbären müssen nie weinen
    I'd like to be a polar bear, at the cold polar.. Then I wouldn't have to cry anymore.. Everything would be so clear.. Polar bears never have to cry

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    Default Re: making pure vanilla extract

    I've been making my own vanilla extract for about 5 years now - I just split seven or eight vanilla beans open and stick them in a tall bottle of vodka (not sure what size that would be - the bottles that are about the same size as a wine bottle). Let them sit for six months or so, then use. I don't even strain it - I don't mind the little flecks of vanilla. As soon as I start using one bottle, I start "brewing" the next, so that I always have some on hand.

    I buy my beans on ebay - there's a guy there who sells them for about $26 a pound. They last for years if you store them properly.

 

 
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