I started my infusion by splitting the Tahitian vanilla bean down the center with a sharp chefs knife, leaving the ends intact, then added fresh lime peels to the bottle. I’m going to have to try that. First, you want to cut the beans in half, length-wise. First of all, how ironic, I am posting after one of my only neighbors up the mountain. How many beans should I use? Use a small funnel to transfer the extract to smaller bottles. Make Vanilla Extract Using Other Spirits Slit open the vanilla bean pods. Matthew, but Goats in the Road doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, LOL. Vanilla extract comes in many strengths. (You can use this same username on the forum as well.) Two for friends and one for me. Get to work: I use 1 whole vanilla bean for every 2 liquid ounces of alcohol. Maybe.) Store in a dark place for six months, while shaking the bottle about once a week. Oh man! (Don’t answer that question!). I’m going to do this. Thank you Suzanne for the recipe, I have had some beans in my pantry for a year or two and now i can use ALL of I’ve heard that once youve had the home made vanilla, you will never go back to store boght. :flying: I’ve been making my own vanilla this way for a couple of years. I enjoy it so much that I gave you a blog award at my blog. You know, I think I DO LOVE that better with the trees out of the way! I live in the Philippines and large-volume vanilla extract isn’t easy to come by. But, honestly, you can use any type of vanilla bean. I have always refused to buy that imitation stuff, and I am always running out anyway. Use 2 vanilla beans for every 250ml of vodka. Oh goodness, I haven’t had snickerdoodles since I was a kid. Make sure the alcohol completely covers the beans. Thank you. I was only looking for about 1/2 cup at the time to add to an existing bottle. :friday: That presentation was so funny Suzanne…about “get yourself some orange juice” LOL LOL LOL How interesting!!! 20-24 Grade B Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans*, about 4 ounces - SEE NOTE 1, 750 milliliters 80 proof plain vodka, brandy, bourbon, or rum can also be used - SEE NOTE 2, Cut the vanilla beans in half and slice them down the center to split them open. Can’t wait for them… I want to make plenty of your extract for holiday baking. Try putting some in your hot chocolate. I wish I would have saw this website before I started my vanilla! Join the discussion today. Use a good canning lid if you are using a canning jar. (I’m just kidding! Stick to the recipe! The best part, as you mentioned, is you can reuse the vanilla beans for years as long as you let it steep again. That way it can continue to steep plus it looks cool. Keep reading our story.... And she's ornery. (If you purchased the split beans I recommended, you don't need to slice them. Kris, yes! I’ve made vanilla extract like this for years. Thanks for all your ideas, Suzanne! We were going to have a lean Christmas this year, but now I feel like I can at least add this to some folks stockings! That is the normal price there, I’d say the will have them until Christmas. Alternative Amounts: One Gallon of Vodka calls for 75-80 Vanilla Beans 750 ml of Vodka calls for 10-14 Vanilla Beans 200 ml of Vodka calls for 4-5 Vanilla Beans Don’t think I’ve bought the store kind in years! (750 ml is roughly just over 3 cups, so I’m multiplying the original recipe by 12.) So, for an 8-ounce bottle, I use 4 whole beans, for a 12-ounce bottle (pictured up top), I used 6, for a 16-ounce bottle (the one I made last year that sparked this conversation), I used 8 beans. I’ll definitely make a bunch for me too, we are always running our of vanilla. Thanks for all the yummy ideas! them and get some fresh ones. Combine the alcohol and vanilla in a large, clean jar and seal. You can do this with a sharp knife, or with a pair of scissors. No waste, right? One fun thing to add is cocoa nibs. For a 16oz bottle, you’d want at least around 1.7 ounces of vanilla beans — I recently ordered 20 vanilla beans and when I got them, they weighed in at 1.6 ounces. Mmmmm. This would also make a great hostess gift. Leave a bean in the small bottles. SOOOO interesting. Place the vanilla beans in the bottle of vodka and seal. If you filter it through the brita filter 2 or 3 times you get a much better vodka without spending alot of money for the premium vodka. Get some orange juice and drink it! I’ve never used rum in my vanilla making. Add a handmade or home-printed label. This will make great gifts 12 whole vanilla beans. I was going to look for it. If you see an objectionable comment, you may flag it for moderation. What a wonderful Christmas gift this makes. How to make Homemade Vanilla Extract: The Big Bottle Method. November 2020 edition! Oh yes! The Best Vanilla From Around the World No Shortcuts: Our premium vanillas are made with painstaking attention to detail across all stages: proper cultivation, late harvest, artisanal sun curing, and a … I tend to lean towards the fruity and sweet so I chose to infuse my vodka with lime peels and Beanilla Tahitian Vanilla beans. I’ve gotta stop at the “red dot” (that’s what they call the liquor store, here in the south) store on the way home. Mmmm, I love making my own vanilla! Or, try vanilla vodka poured over ice and topped up with ginger ale for a creamy drink. Using kitchen scissors, cut vanilla beans in half lengthwise, leaving about an inch connected (not cut) at one end, as shown here. Now I’m hungry. Discussion is encouraged, and differing opinions are welcome. If you want a darker color in a couple weeks, add more! I thought it would look kind of cool. A big sized bottle of vodka is 1500 mls, so you should use 40 vanilla beans. Welcome to our community! You can save your beans after you make a batch of vanilla and reuse them to make a second batch!! Have a great weekend! Vanilla extract is best left for at least a couple of months before using. It’s delicious. You could use it that same day. Most store-bought vanilla extracts are what’s known as single-fold. Entire Contents © Copyright 2004-2020 Chickens in the Road, Inc. It give the vanilla extract just the slightest hint of chocolate, and goes nicely with most recipes. This is what they are getting for Christmas ! I would make sure I made a note to the receiver not to use it for a month. Thank You! I always keep a vanilla bean in my little bottle. Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed or aggregated without express permission. Stored properly, it will be good for years, and in fact, get better all the time as it grows stronger. I have drunk beans in my kitchen!!! Those cookiew sure look yummy! I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and Christmas is too scary to think about, but I want to post about Homemade Vanilla Extract while you still have time to make it! More time is better. Sounds yummy, and may encourage me to do lots of baking!! I was wondering how I was going to get gifts for everyone I want to give a gift to. Love this site my sister just introduced us. 10 vanilla beans ; 1 1/2 cups good vodka (organic preferred) Instructions. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." The beans are going to displace some of the vodka. To ensure maximum fl… If using whole beans, let the vanilla … It will take a month or two to steep good, but you can use it sooner if you’re in a rush. In this post, I’m translating that smaller recipe to a big batch, using a 750 milliliter bottle of vodka. It never ends! If you happen to come up with a recipe for strawberry , cherry and / or almond extract please let me know , I’m gonna try this vanilla extract sometime. If you have time, you can buy a cheaper vodka and filter it yourself. I used three beans for the small bottle of Absolut Vodka (200 ml) and six beans for the larger bottle of Absolut (375 ml), just remember to use 3 beans per cup of vodka. Store in a cool dry place, shaking occasionally. I’m going to try this one!!! Is it just the alcohol base? So if your jar is 12 ounces, use 9 vanilla beans. I love it! I just found a bean supplier, now I just have to visit Larry’s Liquor (which is connected to Darryl and Darryl’s drive-thru) for the vodka. I have tried everything from 3 to 10 beans per cup of vodka and finally settled on about 3 beans per 1 cup of vodka (or 5-6 beans per pint). This is SOOOOO cool I cannot wait to try it out for gifts. However, please don't say anything your grandmother would be ashamed to read. 1 bottle (750 ml) of 80+ proof vodka, rum, or bourbon (80 proof = 40% alcohol) 12 vanilla beans (find vanilla beans here) Supplies. I put my used beans into a lesser amount of vodka to get more bang for my buck. Use a funnel to pour vodka to the top of jar. Brings me back to the country. dark rum (optional) Using kitchen scissors, cut vanilla beans in half lengthwise, leaving about an inch connected (not cut) at one end, as shown here. The same beans will continue to flavor the vanilla … Anne. 20-24 Grade B Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans*, about 4 ounces - SEE NOTE 1, 750 milliliters 80 proof plain vodka, brandy, bourbon, or rum can also be used - SEE NOTE 2, Cut the vanilla beans in half and slice them down the center to split them open. I never knew you could make homemade vanilla! Boy, I wish I had all the talents you have for cooking. Thanks, Suzanne. :thumbsup: I am actually going to get all the ingredients after work and make this. Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use, Copyright © Suzanne McMinn 2004-2020 | Website by, https://chickensintheroad.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_bananadance.gif, http://cgi.ebay.com/1-ONE-LB-Extract-Grade-B-Bourbon-Vanilla-Beans-6-7_W0QQitemZ250324561805QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3a4881af8d&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14. this year! How many beans for a quart of vodka and how long to seep them to get the same strength as the store brands? I use 20 vanilla beans per 750ml bottle of vodka. My neighbor is a pastry chef and she would love this. Christine, you can buy bottles from homemade beauty supply companies (sometimes soaping supply companies, too, like Brambleberry). Wish I were sitting there by ya, with my decaf. You can also put four beans in a 750ml bottle. It is better than anything you can find in a store, and soooooo much cheaper. I still have two beans for future extraordinary desserts… Thanks for the great tutorial and pretty labels. In fact, I found 15 different ways to substitute for vanilla! Where was I the last time you talked about homemade vanilla? My recipe goes by number of beans rather than weight for two reasons. Now I just have to wait 6 weeks. I used 3 beans for every quart of good quality vodka and let it sit for 6 weeks before using. and now everyone is getting this for Yule..THANK YOU. Yeah! For one example of using vanilla infused vodka, see How to make a vanilla martini. Thank you! 750 ml bottle of vodka. I only found very expensive vanilla beans at our local whole food store, but next time I would plan ahead and order them on line. https://www.naturalfertilityandwellness.com/homemade-vanilla-recipe I love reading what you have to say. :bananadance:https://chickensintheroad.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_bananadance.gif If you are using split beans, you don't need to cut them because they are already sliced open. They look delish!!!! Or, if an avid baker is on your list, they’d love an entire big bottle, and be sure to make one for yourself! You can keep using the same beans, adding some new ones when needed. dark rum (optional). Plain vodka will yield the most versatile result. Now simply push the beans into the bottle. Thanks, what a great idea! Suzanne, I just found a pound of organic grown vanilla beans – extract grade for 15.97 plus 5.00 shipping & handling on eBay. Secondly, I made the extract last night. Cover tightly with lid and let them brew for 2 months, … LOL What a nice gift to make for yourself and others!!!! Vanilla vodka is excellent used in dessert dishes as well as in drinks. 6 to 12 months will yield optimal results. See All My Recipes Just make sure you put about 10-12 beans per 26oz bottle, I think it takes about 3 months to get good vanilla bigpan March 21, 2014 I would check Google for some direction because, to me, putting some vanilla pods in vodka is going to give you a … "It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. Above you can see the bottle the day I made the vanilla extract. I'm glad you're here. If you write an objectionable comment, be aware that it may be flagged--and deleted. I now make vanilla by the 750 ml bottle. Single-fold is what you find in most grocery stores. I was looking at the daily farm photo and thinking what a wonderful view. What To Do When Vanilla Beans Go Up in Price. where can I find the small bottles for gifts? I am a follow the directions type but after a time or 2 i try to vary and I bake a lot to supplement my income and wouldn’t want to change the flavors boldly. Gently scrape out the seeds from inside of … The only difference is the grade B beans will not look as pretty but this shouldn't matter since they are only being used to infuse alcohol. Buy some vodka Next, you simply slit two fresh vanilla beans all the way down the center (longways) and drop them in a 375ml bottle. I bought grade A beans from Beanilla and started my vanilla using 750ml 100 proof vodka and I put 21 beans in each bottle, I have 3 going, on Sept 17, 2014. They are already split open.). If you're making this volume of extract you'll want to put about 18 beans into 750 ml of vodka. A neighbor had a very large bottle of JB Bourbon with over 1 qt left over. So for instance, for the first round, I use 25 beans in 1.75 liters of vodka. Since I started making my own vanilla in the past year, I never use anything else. Cover with liquor of your choice (bourbon) Place vanilla beans in the jar and pour vodka over the beans. My sister makes homemade vanilla. It isn’t necessary to use the high quality of vodka like Absolut, but I really like the bottle! The 20 Best ALDI Finds for November Are All About Cookies & Thanksgiving I used Wyborowa vodka and a Brita filter. There’s nothing like it, and we all can’t wait to get a bottle on our birthdays and for Christmas! (not the kids!!). Tahitian vanilla beans are also a great choice! Tie raffia or ribbons around small bottles to give as Christmas gifts. That would save me a whole lot of postage. Can’t you tell I’m a good time girl for a Friday night? In one fell swoop, you can make a large quantity of vanilla, and since the entire bottle steeps longer with more vanilla beans, the end result is a stronger extract. If we’re replicating a typical bottle of store-bought vanilla extract, you need about 16 oz of alcohol and 4 vanilla beans. The longer the vanilla extract ages, the better it will be. I put a post on my blog linking to your blog and some of your recipes. Three weeks is the minimum, store it 6 months for the best flavor. Oh, and a clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Now simply push the … I would love to make this sometime. Cutting board; A sharp knife; A funnel for pouring vodka between bottles (find stainless steel funnels here) Amber glass bottles for storing the vanilla (find small amber glass bottles here) After six months, it is ready to use! I’ve made homemade “everything”, but not vanilla! I use 20 vanilla beans per 750ml bottle of vodka. In my original post about making vanilla, I demonstrated the recipe for one small bottle. Letting the vanilla extract sit for 6 to 12 months will yield the richest vanilla essence. (Note: You can find whole vanilla beans at farmer’s markets, whole foods stores, etc, and there are also many places to order them online. I did add some rum, and now will wait patiently. Just make sure that you have a lid that can seal or else the extract will evaporate. LOL, Now that I think of it…I think Wally Amos (online) uses Bourbon vanilla :mrgreen: in his cookies – now there is an idea…. A previous comment mentioned 4 oz of beans per 750ml of vodka. BTW, there are 3.17 cups in 750 mls and 6.34 cups in 1500 mls. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. I like rum. Right now, they have 5 vanilla beans at TJ Maxx for $3.99. Cut vanilla beans in a mason jar The vanilla bean to alcohol ratio yields a wonderfully luxurious double-fold vanilla extract. 4. Registration is required to leave a comment on this site. Read the How Many Vanilla Beans for Homemade Extract discussion from the Chowhound Home Cooking, Vanilla Extract food community. Read my barnyard stories! “drained” out a little. The floors weren’t even, either. How to make Homemade Vanilla Extract: The Big Bottle Method, 750 ml bottle of vodka It made by infusing 13 ounces (by weight) of vanilla beans per gallon of alcohol. That's a lot of vanilla beans, which aren't cheap in the grocery store! I’d love to try it myself sometime. I really enjoy rum. I am definately making the vanilla. Hmm, I love this idea and will have to try it! How soon will my Instant Pot Vanilla Extract be ready to use? :biggrin: Yum!! There are 2 main types of Vanilla beans: ... (5 Tahitian beans for CAD$22) and used a bottle of CO-OP Vodka (750 mL) between three 250 mL amber bottles. Login here. If you purchase a 750ml bottle of alcohol, you can drop the beans right in the same bottle without needing to purchase additional bottles for storage. If your jar is larger than 8 ounces, use more beans and alcohol so that the alcohol will cover the beans. I LOVE your view in the other picture! I had originally voted not to remove those trees but you definately made the right choice. The beans need at least a month to begin flavoring the liquor. You don’t want to skip the vanilla, but if the prices on beans … Already registered? ), See this recipe at Farm Bell Recipes and save it to your recipe box. Many flowers are destroyed trying to perfect the technique. I stocked up because that’s the cheapest price I have ever saw Vanilla beans. I think I saw some cute decorative bottles at the dollar store.  Printer-Friendly. If it’s 16 ounces, use 12 beans. Have a great weekend! You'll buy one pack for an entire bottle of vodka. Store in a cool, dark area such as a kitchen cabinet for 3 weeks, shaking the bottle every week. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Just remember this ratio: 6 vanilla beans per 8 ounces of alcohol. I was thinking of leaving a vanilla bean in each small bottle I give as a gift – would that be OK to do?? But we do have good vanilla beans here and good vodka so I’m going to make this now. (www.saritaleone.blogspot), Thank you for posting this one again! Okay, maybe Lavender vanilla Recchuiti chocolates – I think that was the name of one. This is not a problem! Just want to say I love reading about your farm adventures. The first few times you take out from the big bottle, it doesn’t hurt to add some extra rum or vodka to stretch your vanilla beans–if you let it steep again, it will be just as strong. The date on the jar lets you know when you made your last additions of liquor and or beans. Here’s the eBay link: http://cgi.ebay.com/1-ONE-LB-Extract-Grade-B-Bourbon-Vanilla-Beans-6-7_W0QQitemZ250324561805QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3a4881af8d&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14. This sounds very fun and easy to make! He didn’t drink it himself and gave me the entire bottle! Read here for the 2-ounce bottle method. Pour it in the bottle with the split vanilla beans and seal on the lid. It never fails that you have great idea’s on Chickens in the Road (why isn’t it Goats in the Road?)lol. Over time, the vodka will start to discolor. Either a sharp knife or culinary shears will do the trick. Shake the bottle once or twice a day at first, then just whenever you think about it. The only OTHER vanilla I have had besides grocery store vanilla was Mexican Vanilla that my mother had – stronger. Add the beans to your vodka bottle, close and shake. When the extract is done, you can leave the beans in or remove them but. WooHoo!! But the recipe calls for 20-24 beans … I bet a little of that vanilla would taste wonderful in my coffee. You can buy some reasonably priced beans on eBay, if you can’t find them locally. Vanilla beans can be difficult to find. I think I overloaded myself with all the uh, information out there! Double-fold needs at least 23 ounces of vanilla beans per gallon. Serve as is, or use as part of a cocktail. If you don’t use much vanilla regularly, this works fine, but if you do a lot of baking (like I do), more is better–and especially if you are making it for gifts. First, it’s easier. All you need is two ingredients: vanilla beans and vodka. I’ve figured out a few vanilla substitutions that work for baking and cooking if vanilla beans are not in the budget. Love it!!! omg…this is GREAT!! Your email address will not be published. I was going to make small bottles for Christmas presents now I can do it all at once!! Now I HAVE to make this!!!!! I’m definitely doing this for Christmas gifts! After using, replace with more vodka. I was just thinking (always dangerous)that I could start it in the large bottle, and in the middle of December I could transfer it to smaller gift bottles. Make sure the lid is on tight and store in a dark, cool place (my pantry is about 75 degrees throughout the year). Who knew she was here too?! Store the jar in a cool dark place for at least 8 weeks, shaking a few times a week. I like these ones from Amazon that are already split. What is the difference in your homemade vanilla and madagascar bourbon vanilla? I like the extra kick of dark rum in my vanilla extract, so when I poured the first small bottle out, I added rum to the big bottle, using a funnel. I pour off the ‘finished’ vanilla into a smaller vanilla jar to store in the cupboard. My god, THANK YOU for posting this! Sometimes I add a tsp of sugar Enjoy! 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