Homemade vanilla extract. Can you use Gin? **PICS ADDED**

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Cindiloohoo, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    I have a bottle of Beefeater Gin, that I got at a yardsale [​IMG] I don't drink, but I liked the collection of old liquor bottles and have been using it as kitchen decor until I figured I could make homemade vanilla with some of it. Has anyone done this? I know you are supposed to use vodka or rum to make it, but Beefeater is supposedly the smoothest tasting Gin so would it matter? It's old... I don't think that stuff goes bad, but it is from 1985! [​IMG] Guess I could use the 33 year old whiskey if I can't use the gin, but I reaalllly like that bottle, it's a bicentennial edition of Old Weller, very pretty, and sealed adds to the charm. I really just don't want to have to drive to the liquor store either. I live in a dry county and the closest other county is a dry county as well [​IMG] That never bothered me till now [​IMG]
     
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  2. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used vodka. I read most folks prefer vodka or rum. I have never heard of gin.
     
  3. HenThymes

    HenThymes pippin ain't easy

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    I say try it and see how it turns out! If you like it, you found a winner [​IMG] and if not, well you know never to do that again.. [​IMG]
     
  4. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will work I think you will have a bit of a juniper like flavor which could be great or you may hate it, my guess is that it will be just fine, I would not hesitate yo do it.
     
  5. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    I did it [​IMG] It smells WONDERFUL already! It's already turning a nice color of amber and smells delicious...I dunno if I can wait long enough before trying it out [​IMG] I'll update in about 6 weeks to give it a bit of time to age to let you all know how it does. [​IMG]

    ETA: Last night it smelled baked cookies beside a Christmas tree [​IMG] It no longer smells like a Christmas tree but already has a distinct vanilla scent. Not too strong, but definately vanilla and ONLY vanilla. [​IMG] I think I will like it!
     
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  6. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you make it vanilla extact?
     
  7. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    Quote:How do you make it vanilla extact?

    yes. do tell!
     
  8. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    I prefer rum... but there is rarely any rum left when I get around to making it!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:How do you make it vanilla extact?

    yes. do tell!

    Simple. Buy some good quality vanilla beans, a bottle of whichever liquor you decide to use. For a pint use about 4 beans, split them down the center with a sharp knife, put them in the alcohol, and let them soak for 6 weeks. The alcohol naturally extracts the vanillin over time. [​IMG] Use like usual for baking and such. As you get low, top off with alcohol and add in a few beans. Oh, and duh...ya have to shake it at least once a day the first week, and once a week after that until it is properly aged. It smells heavenly!!!!!!!!
     
  10. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where do you get good quality beans at?

    I would love to do this....I go through so much vanilla and it is expensive too.
     

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