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Offline nmeyer414

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real homemade vanilla extract
« on: October 12, 2014, 05:48:54 PM »
here is how you make real homemade vanilla extract.

1 1ltr bottle of high quality vodka 80 proof or more (80 proof works best)
approximately 8 fresh Madagascar vanilla beans

slice the vanilla beans length wise and add them to the vodka.  store bottle in a COOL DARK place.  every week, give the bottle a good shake.  if bottle was stored upright for the first week, store bottle upside down for the second week and continue this rotation.

in 6-8 weeks you will have your own homemade vanilla extract.



now, I know you are saying whats the matter with you nate!?  but lets be very clear here.  when you buy REAL vanilla extract from the store, take a look at the package and you will see that it does indeed have an alcohol content, the generic imitation vanilla extract does not, but then again it also does not taste like vanilla.  also when this vanilla extract recipe is done and ready for use, it will not have the dark brown color as the store bought stuff.  that is because the store bought stuff has food coloring added to it for appearance. 

here is a break down for you all:

2oz of pure vanilla extract = $3.25

1ltr of good vodka = $15
vanilla beans = $1 per bean (this is an average price) = $8
cost of vodka and beans = $23

cost of store bought vanilla extract to equal 1 liter = $55.00 (approximately)



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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 11:57:59 AM »
Cool!
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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2014, 04:00:01 PM »
I haven't done this way for vanilla extract, however, I've been know to drop a single bean cut this way to make a flavoured vodka. For what it's worth, one bean is far too much flavour in one litre of vodka if you are after flavour only. May have to add a few more beans and call it vanilla!
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2017, 12:25:43 PM »
I started 3 more bottles last night, w are gifts and 1 is to replace the one i had to give away.

Just a heads up, the cost of true madagascar  vanilla beans has tripled because of the hurricanes that devistated their crops.
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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2017, 03:36:36 PM »
I?ve got some sitting that I mixed up earlier this year, just take it and shake it every few weeks. Should be using it for Christmas and thanksgiving tasties soon.

I bought a bunch of vanilla beans a while back, this is the second batch I?ve made. First one was with skye vodka, the blue bottle looked nice for vanilla in the kitchen. Don?t remember what we bought this time.

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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2017, 05:35:55 PM »
Just stumbled across this Nate, Thanks for the knowledge.....
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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2017, 06:39:21 PM »
I?ve got some sitting that I mixed up earlier this year, just take it and shake it every few weeks. Should be using it for Christmas and thanksgiving tasties soon.

I bought a bunch of vanilla beans a while back, this is the second batch I?ve made. First one was with skye vodka, the blue bottle looked nice for vanilla in the kitchen. Don?t remember what we bought this time.

Yeah i used a bourbon bottle last time, so i figured i would get a nice clean/clear pop top one and see how it works out.  So far day 2 is showing some really nice deep brown color, hopefully it continues.

Just stumbled across this Nate, Thanks for the knowledge.....

Make a bottle for your wife for christmas?
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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2017, 09:49:49 PM »
This is very cool! Where do you get the vanilla beans?

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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2017, 10:03:02 PM »
I just ordered 10 via amazon prime.......

Nate: wife unit is involved, you?re her favorite now she says

I think we may give away some at Christmas
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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2017, 11:32:30 AM »
Nice! Thanks! My wife has an aunt that makes homemade Irish Cream that she gives as presents. It's always cool to get something slightly different like this. Do you leave the beans in even after it's ready to use or take them out?

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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2017, 07:00:35 PM »
This is very cool! Where do you get the vanilla beans?

I order them off of amazon.....make sure you get the grade A ones, they are much more moist and make a better extract than the grade B ones.

Nice! Thanks! My wife has an aunt that makes homemade Irish Cream that she gives as presents. It's always cool to get something slightly different like this. Do you leave the beans in even after it's ready to use or take them out?

yeah I actually leave them in, the little particles don't bother me if they happen to end up in something (more flavor)
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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 07:54:01 PM »
We purchased grade A, but thanks for clarifying
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Re: real homemade vanilla extract
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2017, 09:13:40 PM »
Cool thanks guys!