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.
Update: See the conclusion of this project here