Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Homemade vanilla extract

I decided I'd try my hand at making vanilla extract today.  I understand the homemade stuff is far superior to most that you can buy, so I'm giving it a try.

Homemade Vanilla Extract: Day 0
It's easy enough to make. You just need alcohol and vanilla beans.

Homemade Vanilla Extract: Day 1
Take 250 ml of alcohol - I used an inexpensive vodka.  Split 3 vanilla beans lengthwise and then in half and add them to the vodka in a sealable bottle.

Put in a dark place like a cupboard for 2 - 3 months.  Shake occasionally.

After 3 months, decant out a small amount and use as you would bought vanilla extract and top up the rest with fresh vodka. You can keep your original stock going quite a while.

So mine is in the cupboard.  I hope I remember in October.  I shall put it in my diary!


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