How to make it

  • For Extract

  • Split beans down the entire length, but starting at about 1/2 inch in from the top. See Photo
  • Drop beans into vodka bottle or pour vodka into glass jar with well fitting cork lid and add beans to it.(this is what I do :)
  • Let rest in cool, dry place for at least 4 weeks, shaking lightly once weekly See Photo
  • After about 6 months, you can start adding more beans and vodka to your bottle, and just keep it going, indefinitely. Just remember, to keep within FDA guidelines, you will need at least 6 beans for every 8oz of vodka, so add accordingly!
  • For Sugar

  • Place sugar in glass jar with tight fitting lid. See Photo
  • Split 1 bean and scrape entire contents out and add to sugar. See Photo
  • Split other bean, as above with extract, and drop whole bean into sugar.
  • Let rest at least a couple weeks in cabinet then it's ready to use! See Photo
  • Great for coffee or tea or in oatmeal...and I LOVE it on broiled grapefruit for breakfast :)
  • **please note that the FDA requires at least 6 beans for every 8oz of alcohol to create vanilla extract. Less can be used, but it will not, technically, fall under the extract label, rather just "flavored alcohol". Also, if you want double strength vanilla, use 12 beans for every cup but remember this when you use the end product cus it will be much stronger, obviously :)

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  • pointsevenout 4 years ago
    Used vanilla beans and/or cinnamon sticks can be recycled by putting them in a little sugar in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. It flavors the sugar and lets one reuse the beans/sticks again.
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  • christinem 7 years ago
    This is one of those things I want to do but just haven't yet! So it's settled...I'm buying some vodka this weekend! ;) Oh and I LOVE the thought of vanilla sugar on broiled grapefruit! Great idea!
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  • otterpond 7 years ago
    I have the vanilla beans fermenting. Even after 1 day it is getting to be quite a dark color. This weekend I had 3 times when I needed some vanilla and had none. I determined to be patient until it is well bubbled.

    So I'm curious, why do you suppose the FDA has guidelines on when and how much and such. When I looked at all the many vanilla extract recipes out there, I saw much range on what sort of alchohol and how many beans. Is there a particular balance for safety sake or just someone put a gun to their head and said pick?
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  • otterpond 7 years ago
    Thank you for this. I had actually pondered making my own vanilla extract within the last month when I ran out. You have given me the push to get on with it.
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  • jkirk 7 years ago
    Hi Keni. I was wondering if you think this process is more economical than buying good quality vanilla extract. My wife just bought some vanilla beans, and I want to give this a try. Thanks for another great post! - Jim
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  • kristopher 7 years ago
    Love this post Keni!
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