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    Posted: 01 August 2014 at 13:39
Lately, I've been making my own vanilla extract. Half litre of vodka and 3-4 vanilla beans. Let it sit for a month, and you're good to go. Heck of a lot cheaper than buying the stuff in the store.
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   I figured now would be a good time to bump this thread up. The holidays are coming up...if you want to make some of these to give away, now would be the time to start thinking about it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote drinks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 September 2015 at 08:52
Having been raised on Mexican vanilla extract at $2 a liter, just never felt an urge to make my own, besides, I can think of better things to do with vodka.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gonefishin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 September 2015 at 16:04
Originally posted by drinks drinks wrote:

Having been raised on Mexican vanilla extract at $2 a liter, just never felt an urge to make my own, besides, I can think of better things to do with vodka.


   dang drinks...I suppose you're off the list then.

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If you have priced vanilla, beans or extract, you know how expensive it's gotten over the past few years. Failed crops have greatly contributed to a world wide shortage. It's been referred to as a vanilla crisis. Gone are the days when I could pick up a 16oz jar of pure vanilla extract at Costco for $5.00. King Arthur sells a 16oz jar for $90.00

I'm making vanilla extract for my own personal use as well as Xmas giveaways. It's easy to make and finishes with higher quality than anything you can buy. I'm using Madagascar Bourbon Grade A vanilla beans and submerging them in 90 proof Bourbon. Most folks will use Vodka (at least 70 proof please) for a more neutral flavor but Bourbon brigs depth and complexity to the party.

Vanilla beans are not all created equal. Beanilla has the highest quality vanilla beans I've ever seen. They are plump, moist and long. Beanilla beans are in the bottle on the right with the red cap. The other bottle has grade A Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans from Amazon. They are much cheaper but not as long or as fat. Grade B vanilla beans are fine for extract making but I used grade A anyway. Partly because I already had 10 grade A bourbon Beanilla beans on hand closing in on their expiration date.

10 beans slit lengthwise and submerged in 12oz alcohol of choice, at least 70 proof, for 8 weeks will yield great tasting vanilla extract. (*Note this recipe is quite a bit different than OP's*)  One can also cut the beans into shorter pieces with a pair of scissors but they won't look as pretty in the extraction bottle. Let it sit for 6 months and there will be great improvement. Give the bottles a shake every day or two and store out of direct light. Best vanilla extract on the planet.

My last bottle of $5.00 Costco pure vanilla extract.  I bought several bottles a few years ago before the crisis.  The vanilla harvest may never be the same. 
>>cry-whine-piss-moan-sniff-sniff-waaaah<<


90 proof Bourbon happily infusing with Grade A Bourbon Vanilla Beans. Beanilla beans on the right, Amazon beans on the left.


I'll make more with 100 proof vodka for giveaways. This is a gift that would be humbly appreciated by any baker. You will score big points with this one. Just mark the starting infusion date and the type of bean used. Download these free printable labels to affix to your home made vanilla extract or do as I do and order fancy-schmancy bottle labels from Vistaprint.
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