How To Make Vanilla Extract

How To Make Vanilla Extract

Most bakers always have vanilla extract on hand. Buying vanilla extract can be expensive, fortunately, there are ways on how to make vanilla extract in the comfort of your own home.

Vanilla is one of the most common ingredients used in baking. It plays a huge role in achieving the desired flavor of your desserts. Though it may not taste great on its own, when added into recipes it brings out a delicious flavor.

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The Importance of Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is important because it enhances the flavors in sweet dishes. Though you make think the small amount of vanilla extract your recipe calls for won’t make a difference, you will realize how bland desserts can taste without it if you leave it out. Just think how some of your favorite savory dishes would taste without salt, that is what your sweet dishes would be like without vanilla.

The Importance of Vanilla Extract

Other Uses for Vanilla Extract

Though vanilla extract is great for baking, there are also other ways you can use it. It is a great household freshener and can be used to deodorize smells in the fridge. You can simply take a sponge that has been dipped in vanilla and place it in your fridge.

Vanilla extract also works to keep bugs away and help soothe minor burns. Add one tablespoon of vanilla extract to one cup of water to help keep mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and ticks away. If you get a minor burn, place a small amount of vanilla extract on the wound, as the alcohol in it will help soothe the burn.

Your Own Vanilla Extract

When deciding to make your own vanilla , you may think to yourself: Won’t this be a lot of work? What ingredients will I need? Will this be hard?

Other Uses for Vanilla Extract

This post will go through everything you need to know to make your own vanilla and show you how easy it is to prepare it. Homemade vanilla is simple to make and requires only basic skills. It is a great option for your next DIY project.

What You Will Need for This Tutorial

Fortunately, you only need a few ingredients to make your own vanilla extract. Making your own vanilla requires the following supplies:

  •         Vanilla beans
  •         Vodka (with at least 35% alcohol content)
  •         Glass jar or bottle with lid

Most grocery stores sell whole vanilla beans and you can also find them online. You also should make sure not to get flavored alcohol, as it will change the taste of the vanilla.

When making vanilla extract, it is best to follow the ratio of six vanilla beans per eight ounces of alcohol. This ratio gives the vanilla the perfect flavoring. Make sure that you have a container with a lid that is large enough to hold the vanilla beans and alcohol.

Alcohol Alternatives

Instead of using vodka, you may also use rum or bourbon. However, the flavors from using rum or bourbon will have a different taste, so it is recommended to use vodka for the cleanest taste. Whatever alcohol you are using, make sure it has an alcohol content of at least thirty-five percent.  

Your Own Vanilla Extract

Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Cut the Vanilla Beans

Take your vanilla beans and cut them down the middle lengthwise. This will allow you to get the most flavor. If needed, cut the beans down in height to fit in your jar.

 Step Two: Put the Vanilla in the Jar

In a clean and empty jar, place your vanilla pieces.

Step Three: Adding the Alcohol

Fill the container with alcohol. Close the jar tightly and shake up the mix.  

Step 4: Storage

Store your vanilla extract mix in a cool, dark place. It is best to give it a shake at least once a week to help mix it up. It is recommended to store the vanilla for at least two months before using, however, you may try to use some after a month to see if it is strong enough. The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor gets.

Tips and Tricks

If you use vanilla extract regularly, you can make multiple batches at once, that way once you run out of your first batch, you don’t have to wait another two months for more. You can also add a label with the date to the jar of your vanilla to know when it will be ready, so you don’t lose track of time.

What You Will Need for This Tutorial

Though you may put the beans as a whole, it is recommended to split them to get more flavor. If any vanilla gets stuck to your knife or scissors, or falls off when prepping the beans, make sure to still add it to the jar. This will help your vanilla extract to get as much flavor as possible.

You can also make multiple batches, using vodka, bourbon, and rum, then compare them to see which vanilla you like best. Some people prefer the classic taste vodka gives, while others like the deeper flavor from bourbon or rum. Vodka is the most common alcohol used for making vanilla .

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How To Make Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is one of the most common ingredients used in baking. It plays a huge role in achieving the desired flavor of your desserts. Though it may not taste great on its own, when added into recipes it brings out a delicious flavor.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Make Vanilla Extract
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

  • A container with a lid that is large enough to hold the vanilla beans and alcohol

Ingredients
  

  • Vanilla beans
  • Vodka with at least 35% alcohol content
  • Glass jar or bottle with lid

Instructions

Step One: Cut the Vanilla Beans

  • Take your vanilla beans and cut them down the middle lengthwise. This will allow you to get the most flavor. If needed, cut the beans down in height to fit in your jar.

Step Two: Put the Vanilla in the Jar

  • In a clean and empty jar, place your vanilla pieces.

Step Three: Adding the Alcohol

  • Fill the container with alcohol. Close the jar tightly and shake up the mix.

Step 4: Storage

  • Store your vanilla extract mix in a cool, dark place. It is best to give it a shake at least once a week to help mix it up. It is recommended to store the vanilla extract for at least two months before using, however you may try to use some after a month to see if it is strong enough. The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor gets.

Notes

If you use vanilla extract on a regular basis, you can make multiple batches at once, that way once you run out of your first batch, you don’t have to wait another two months for more. You can also add a label with the date to the jar of your vanilla extract to know when it will be ready, so you don’t lose track of time.
Though you may put the beans in whole, it is recommended to split them to get more flavor. If any vanilla gets stuck to your knife or scissors, or falls off when prepping the beans, make sure to still add it to the jar. This will help your vanilla extract to get as much flavor as possible.
You can also make multiple batches, using vodka, bourbon and rum, then compare them to see which vanilla you like best. Some people prefer the classic taste vodka gives, while others like the deeper flavor from bourbon or rum. Vodka is the most common alcohol used for making vanilla extract.
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Making Your Own Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is easy to make and is a great alternative to the expensive store-bought stuff.  Vanilla can last a long time, so you don’t need to worry if you found a jar you had forgotten about, it will still be good to use. It essentially does not go bad, so you don’t really have to worry about how long you’ve had your extract.

Making Your Own Vanilla Extract

It is a great gift idea to give to your culinary friends. They will love the effort you put into a homemade gift and the delightful taste it will give their baked goods.

Its amazing smell and delicious taste in sweets makes it a no-brainer to have around.  If you tried making homemade vanilla extract, please share your experience making it.

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