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The Vanilla Extract Project

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by intlgrrl, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. intlgrrl

    intlgrrl In the Brooder

    May 7, 2015
    So after doing some research on how to make vanilla extract, I've come across quite a few unique blogs and articles on the does and don't of making homemade vanilla extract.

    So I decided to make extract from both popular and different choices of alcohol. I've started with the standard vodka;

    Belvedere (hey, it was on sale for $20) 750 ml bottle, crammed with about 24 Madagascar vanilla beans

    Remy Martin (Left over from making tiramisu) roughly 275 ml, crammed with 10 Mexican vanilla beans

    Bombay Gin (Gift from a friend at a party) 750 ml, again, crammed with 24 Mexican vanilla beans

    I plan to also use white rum, bourbon, tequila, and whiskey.

    I've heard good things about vanilla extract made from gin and tequila and I can't wait to test everything out. Has anyone else here use anything other than vodka or rum for homemade vanilla extract?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Sounds yummy and youcan also enjoy consuming the ones that don't work out as well! Cheers! :p
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I've only used cheap vodka.

    Sounds to me like you're going to have some potent stuff. I use 3 or 4 of the long beans in a big bottle. Mine is great for baking, etc.

    Reminds me, I have a new bottle and need to switch the beans over......
  4. intlgrrl

    intlgrrl In the Brooder

    May 7, 2015
    So I have purchased a bottle of Espolon tequila and now I'm waiting for my next batch of Mexican vanilla beans to be delivered.... I think i should have all the various liquor choices going by spring.... now to find the perfect crust recipe for peach cobbler...
  5. clucknorris1

    clucknorris1 In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2016
    I'm curious cost-wise how they compare! Granted I'm in Canada where booze is more expensive but still. I'd love to do this for gifts!
  6. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Songster

    I tend to drink my gin/vodka/tequila/cognac before I remember that I could have used it to make vanilla extract. [​IMG]

    Seriously, though, I'm really curious about using gin as your base. I used to think it was only good as a mixer in G&Ts, but have recently discovered it's great in many other cocktails, too. Looking forward to hearing about your results.
  7. intlgrrl

    intlgrrl In the Brooder

    May 7, 2015
    Well, the gin and vodka ones are really doing well. The gin based extract so far, smells very aromatic. I think its because gin has a slight perfumy scent on its on. Cost wise, I will have to keep a record. I've been pacing myself as far as purchasing needed items. I think its makes a difference in which vanilla beans purchased. I seem.to have a harder time finding Mexican vanilla beans versus the Madagascar beans. Which, for me, is frustrating because I prefer Mexican vanilla beans, but Madagascar vanilla is nice as well

  8. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Songster

    Interesting! Gin to me, imparts a "citrus-y" flavor, wonder how it will interact with the vanilla? (I bet it will be surprising and great)

    What's the difference between the Madagascar and Mexican vanilla beans?
  9. intlgrrl

    intlgrrl In the Brooder

    May 7, 2015
    Sorry about the delay in response, I'm a night shift worker, and sometimes, time gets away from me. There's a mild difference in flavor. Mexican vanilla beans are a bit more spicy and earthy, whereas Madagascar or Bourbon vanilla beans are sweeter and creamy. I've noticed when at the grocery store, the Madagascar vanilla beans are the ones that are sold in the spice section. I have found that I have to order Mexican vanilla beans online.

    There are two other kinds of vanilla beans that I have yet to try: Indonesian Vanilla beans and Tahitian Vanilla beans. Since I'm not as familiar with these beans yet, I've decided to focus on the two kinds I'm familiar with and then later perhaps expand the experiment to include Indonesian and Tahitian vanilla beans.
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  10. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Songster

    No worries! Thanks for following up. [​IMG]

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