DIY Vanilla Extract

13 Nov

Recently I saw a post on Chocolate & Zucchini on making your own vanilla extract. Since this sells for nearly as much as HP printer ink at the super market I thought it would be worth looking into.

As it turns out it’s incredibly easy to make and totally worth doing. I followed this “recipe” from Chocolate & Zucchini.

Homemade Vanilla Extract
- 3 medium vanilla beans, or 1 1/2 fat ones
- 1 cup rum or vodka

Homemade Vanilla Extract via Chocolate & Zucchini

There really isn’t much to this. I picked up a pound of “Grade B Extract Vanilla Beans” on eBay for $20 shipped and a handle of Vodka for $17.99. As it turns out a pound of vanilla beans is an incredible amount of beans. Recipes seem to recommend anywhere from 3 to 6 beans per cup of alcohol. I used 6 and still had enough beans to make this recipe 5 or 6 times over. Something to think about when making that eBay order.

Below I’ve documented following the Chocolate & Zucchini recipe.

Sanitizing the bottle may have been overkill but I’d rather be safe than sorry. From what I’ve read online this should be “extract” by 2 months but will continue to improve in flavor for at least another 4-6 months.

Here’s what I’ve got so far after less than a week of extracting.

Looks pretty good so far!

Update: See the conclusion of this project here

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