Introduction"Vanilla extract" usually isn't made with real vanilla. The good news is that it's really easy--and affordable--to make your own.
"Vanilla extract" usually isn't made with real vanilla. The good news is that it's really easy--and affordable--to make your own.
2 vanilla beans
8 ounces vodka
The real stuff adds such a layer of flavor to your baked goods that once you've made your own, you'll never want to go back. Vanilla beans are about $1 each, and because you're only using a cup of vodka, you can just buy the "airplane" size bottles. It ends up being about 5 cents per serving.
This makes a great hostess gift. Make a large batch of it and give it away as a holiday gift.
Makes 48 one teaspoon servings.
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I have made my own vanilla extract for over 20 years. I put a vanilla bean in a small jar and added brandy. As I use up the liquid, I simply add more brandy. It is my unending supply of vanilla extract. I never filtered the liquid, nor have I added more vanilla bean, but I am satisfied with results. - 11/30/09
I've made batches of vanilla this way & have experimented with vodka, vanilla vodka & rum for different flavors. I use 4 beans per 8 oz. & have boxes of dark bottles in the basement at different stages of "marination". People who haven't made the recipe should refrain from commenting. - 11/30/09
This is both cost effective and tastier than purchased vanilla. I just add a new vanilla bean when I make new, but keep the old ones as well (until there are too many beans in my bottle). I'm amazed and delighted that you can use the beans so many times, WhiteRaven! - 12/11/09
I MADE THIS RECIPE YEARS AGO, AND DIDN'T CARE FOR THE TASTE OF THE VODKA. HAD TAKEN A COOKING CLASS IN NEW ORLEANS, AND THE INSTRUCTOR SUGGESTED USING BRANDY. I DON'T HEAT THE BRANDY EITHER. JUST LET IT STEEP FOR SEVERAL MONTHS IN REALLY GOOD BRANDY. MY FRIENDS LINE UP FOR THEIR "CHRISTMAS" GIFTS. - 2/4/10