Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MAKING VANILLA EXTRACT

VANILLA EXTRACTMake your own vanilla extract. It's quick, it's easy and oh, so good.
Vanilla extract is difficult to find in Sweden. It is sold in a vanilla sugar form which gives a flavor different to what I am accustomed to. Due to this, I tried to do it on my own and haven't gone back. This is how it's done:




HOW-TO MAKE VANILLA
10 vanilla beans
2 cups clear Vodka
Slit 10 vanilla beans down their sides. Place, standing up, in a lidded jar that will be sealable. Cover beans with Vodka. Seal tight and let steep for 8 weeks, shaking every few weeks and store in a dark space. Use a usual.
I love having these beans on hand, as well and scrape a few seeds to impart extra vanilla bean to baked goods batter. Simply re-place the beans, as you deplete your supply, and cover, again, with vodka.*
(*I haven't tried this but have heard about a non-alcohol version ,here, if you prefer.)

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4 comments:

  1. great idea! where do you find vanilla beans?

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    1. Oh boy. I buy them at my local market in Sweden. Did I see them at Dean & Deluca in NY? Whole Foods or similar market?

      I googled quickly and could see that Amazon actually had Madagascar beans (Madagascar is the best) but I would think surely there should be something closer. Good Luck! It is so good!

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  2. I love making my own vanilla extract. I get my vanilla beans in the bulk section of my local natural food market...

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to add a comment. I really appreciate your tip to check at a local natural food market. Great tip! I hope others can find these easily -- it feels so good having this handmade supply on hand, doesn't it!

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