Can you really make your own vanilla extract? Supposedly it can be done by slicing open a Vanilla Bean and then letting it set in some vodka for a few weeks. Today I started my mixture and in a few weeks I should know if it was successful.
I had found two different recipes for vanilla extract. One said to use two vanilla beans and 3/4 cup of vodka and let it set for 3 to 4 weeks. The other recipe said to use one vanilla bean with a 1/4 cup of vodka and let it set for two months. I decided to use the one bean recipe, but think I will let it set only a few weeks rather than the two months.
I’m hoping this is truly a money saver. The only vanilla beans I could find in the grocery store cost over $11.00 for a jar with two beans in it. I waited until the beans went on sale and paid $8.99 (that’s $4.49 per bean!). I think the beans can be used multiple times for the extract which should bring down the cost per batch.
You will probably realize a price savings by using this method if you compare the price to the “pure” vanilla extract in the stores not the “imitation” vanilla extract.
This is a recipe that will require some patience. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
You might also like to read:
– The Vanilla Extract Experiment – First Follow Up
– The Vanilla Extract Experiment – Second Follow Up