- August 18, 2006 at 3:37 pm #237355LissKeymaster
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.
A good place to buy fresh vanilla beans is penzeys.com
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