A week ago I began my first try at making homemade vanilla extract. After debating on which of two recipes to use, I decided on the smaller recipe that used only one Vanilla Bean and 1/4 cup of vodka. Here’s the link to the original post: The Vanilla Extract Experiment
I’ve since decided I should have used the larger recipe. There wasn’t enough vodka to cover the vanilla bean and that seemed like an important part of the process.
So today I added the other vanilla bean (after slicing it open lengthwise and then cutting it into a few smaller pieces) and added another 1/2 cup of vodka. I am now on target to make the recipe that called for a total of two beans and a total of 3/4 cup of vodka.
The color is getting darker so that seems like a good sign that the vodka is being infused with the flavor of the vanilla bean. It’s also taking on a nice aroma. I think this is going to work! A few more weeks and then the true test will be using it in a recipe.
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The Vanilla Extract Experiment – Second Follow Up