Lost Garden

Homemade Vanilla Extract

This is a post originally posted to FionasFlavours.wordpress.com, Lost Garden’s old site.

Last May I went to India. Because it was a field school we were busy with lectures and field visits a lot of the time, and unfortunately didn’t have much shopping time. However, I did manage to buy some spices, including some vanilla beans!

I’ve never used vanilla beans before, so vanilla extract seemed like a good place to start!
Shall we get onto how simple it is to make your own vanilla extract now then?

You’ll need:
-about 6 vanilla beans
-1 1/2 cups of vodka (or other alcohol of your choosing)
-an airtight container

1. Make slits down the middle of your beans and add them to the jar. I’ve looked at some other recipes and it seems that 6 is a good number, though I used 8 because some were quite small.
2. Add your vodka (or other booze) then close and shake container.
3. Now store in a cool dark place for about 2 months.

And so the waiting begins, I will update you in about 6-8 weeks on how it’s coming along!

Update, before and after:

This entry was published on February 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm. It’s filed under Dessert, DIY, Ect, Food and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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