Monday, March 28, 2016

Cabin Cooking: Homemade Vanilla Extract

I bought a bottle of vodka to make several products. The first was homemade vanilla extract. I bought my vanilla beans in a small sealed tube at the grocery store in the bulk foods section. It included two beans, so I made a small bottle for my first try.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredients:

Name brand vodka (70-90 proof)
Vanilla beans

Directions:

From my research, the kind of vodka you use matters. It’s like cooking with wine. If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t use it.

Cut the vanilla beans in half crosswise. Drop the cut beans into a bottle or jar of straight vodka to cover the tops.

Put the top on tightly and shake gently and store in a cool dark place.

Vanilla extract ready to infuse.
Turn the bottle every 2 days and the extract will be ready in 8 weeks.

My good friend Jeanne showed me how to make vanilla extract. She does lots of baking, so she makes large batches. I don’t use much, so my small bottle should last me quite a while.

My beans cost about $4.00 for two and I only needed a small amount of vodka. In total, it cost about $4.50. That’s about half the cost of store bought for the amount I made. And making it yourself you know exactly what ingredients are included. That’s worth more than money.


Come back next Sunday and see what I made next with my bottle of vodka. -- Margy

10 comments:

  1. I keep forgetting to buy vodka, my plan was to have a stash of several bottles stored in the basement. We made cherry and strawberry cordials a few years ago. I'd love to know how to make almond extract but that may take more knowledge. Looking forward to your next project.

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    1. Making cordials sounds interesting. I'll check that out on my end. - Margy

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  2. Fascinating, let us know how it turns out.

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    1. I used it to make my second batch of Kahlua. I think it has a stronger alcohol taste than commercial vanilla, probably because of the type of vodka I used. - Margy

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  3. Wow, keep us informed on how it works out for you.

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  4. What fun - I should give that a try. What will you bake first with the fresh vanilla?

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    1. Like I told Linda, I made more Kahlua. I don't bake a whole lot especially now that we are not eating cookies for a while. - Margy

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  5. I've wanted to try this for so long, I just haven't worked up the courage to go to the ABC store with my kids. :) Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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    1. I found my vanilla beans at the store that has a bulk food aisle. They were with the other spices in little glass tubes. - Margy

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