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DIY Vanilla Extract

Make your own vanilla extract with two simple ingredients!

Morsels of Life - DIY Vanilla Extract - Make your own vanilla extract with two simple ingredients!

This recipe started out as an "I wonder..." I wonder how much vanilla beans cost? I wonder how much vanilla is in vanilla extract. I wonder if homemade is better/cheaper/taster/etc than store bought. I wonder if you really just soak vanilla beans in ethanol. Anyway, you get the point. Being an experimentalist, I figured the best way to find out was experimentation! I started off with a smaller batch since I didn't know how it'd turn out. You can vary the scales based on your needs. I got some vanilla beans from Amazon. I went for the lower grade (B or extract) since the main difference between Grade A and B is just appearance. If you're going to chop/slice up the beans, appearance isn't a big deal. For the ethanol, vodka works well since it's pretty flavorless - you want around 80 proof or 40% ethanol by volume. I'd recommend going for the cheapest clean tasting or flavorless one you can find. Or just add water to Everclear. Then you literally just soak the vanilla beans in the ethanol and shake once in a while. :)

What's your favorite "I wonder..." recipe?


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Make your own vanilla extract with two simple ingredients!

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Yield: 8 fluid ounces

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
4 vanilla beans
8 ounces 80 proof alcohol


Methods:

Morsels of Life - DIY Vanilla Extract Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - DIY Vanilla Extract Step 2 - Slice vanilla beans in half. (optional) 2. Slice vanilla beans in half. (optional)
Morsels of Life - DIY Vanilla Extract Step 3 - Scrape out seeds. I just swirled the knife in the ethanol to remove the seeds. (optional) 3. Scrape out seeds. I just swirled the knife in the ethanol to remove the seeds. (optional)
Morsels of Life - DIY Vanilla Extract Step 4 - Let beans extract. 4. Let beans extract.
Morsels of Life - DIY Vanilla Extract Step 5 - Shake bottle occasionally while letting beans continue to extract. 5. Shake bottle occasionally while letting beans continue to extract.

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4 comments:

  1. I have never tried to make my own before. I will definitely try to make this. I am featuring you this week. Congrats! Be sure to stop by and grab an "I've been featured" button. The post should go live shortly. :-)

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  2. Thanks for the feature! What a nice surprise to see in the midst of unpacking. :) I'll be sure to stop by!

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  3. I never thought to make my own vanilla! Thanks for sharing at #WonderfulWednesday!

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    1. Once I started making my own, I haven't bought any from the store. It's easy and makes a lot. :) Give it a try!

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