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I AM! wow, it's so easy, and it ends up being way cheaper too than other store brands! For one thing, the WM brand of "pure" vanilla extract actually contains corn syrup, and other brands contain sugar.<br><br><br><br>
It's so easy, I have pictures but not on this computer.....I bought a .375L glass bottle of Scandanavian vodka, split 6 whole vanilla beans lengthwise so the innards are exposed, then placed them standing up in the bottle.....go ahead and take a sip of the vodka, cause you're going to need the room for the vanilla beans....<br><br>
Let stand in a cupboard for the minimum of 6 weeks, or 6 months or longer, and you can keep adding vodka back in the bottle to make more, for about a yr!<br><br>
Talk about savings!<br><br>
oh, and first batch of beans were .98 cents each, and the co op I bought from today were .80, which were on sale.....totally worth the little bit of wk, for more than 1 1/2 cups of vanilla. This would make great Christmas gifts for the bakers in the family.<br><br>
And, I tasted some tonight only 2 days after I started, and it was already tasting good.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I actually made a dozen or so bottles for Christmas gifts last year. I ordered some great flasks from <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-689950/Bormioli-Pocket-Flasks" target="_blank">Sur la table</a> (although it looks like the price has gone up!). Then I made custom labels for the bottles. Here's what they looked like when I first bottled them.<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6288098620/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6212/6288098620_bcc6a58204.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br>
I kept two bottles for myself. I use one until it's about halfway empty, then add some alcohol (I used bourbon instead of vodka) and use the other one. I keep them rotating. They're both gorgeous, syrupy, lovely vanilla extract now.
 

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beautiful presentation for gifts. I bet they loved them....I always knew you could make your own, but never did, then saw a FB by hannah Kaminski post another blogger's blog about doing it. I jumped on it the next day.<br><br>
right now, I've got them in the vodka bottles, but then I'll transfer them come Christmas time to other ones.
 

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I keep meaning to make some, but I haven't found any decent vanilla beans... ( Also maybe the vodka keeps disappearing... ) Greenish, those bottles are gorgeous!
 

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So what you end up with tastes just like store-bought vanilla extract?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sequoia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3024275"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So what you end up with tastes just like store-bought vanilla extract?</div>
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If you use vodka, yup. I use bourbon because it gives it a little bit of a different taste. It's my secret ingredient for fabulous desserts. Homemade vanilla extract will smell boozier than store bought, but the taste is pretty much the same. When it's young (3 months or less), you might need to use a little more. Say 1.5 teaspoons instead of 1 teaspoon. But by 5 or 6 months, it will be dark and syrupy and fabulous.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I keep meaning to make some, but I haven't found any decent vanilla beans...</div>
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I ordered mine in bulk online. MUCH cheaper than buying them in a grocery store. You can just google "bulk vanilla beans" and you'll find a bunch of suppliers. You can also usually find bulk vanilla beans on Ebay.
 

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I will try this out. Thanks for the idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oh wow I never thought of this before. I spend so much on the best vannila extract they have in the supermarket, I never thought could I make my own? This sounds really cool<br><br>
I'm going to go research where to buy beans! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> brilliant thanks for the idea!
 

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I had no idea about this. I really want to try it. And Greenish, those bottles look fantastic.
 

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Can I check... when you say vanilla beans, is that what is also/what brits call vanilla pods?<br><img alt="" src="http://www.sumacoop.sumawholesale.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/vanilla_Pod.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
Like this? I got really confused for a while thinking they were different but now I am thinking they are the same thing? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> thanks!
 

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Beans are inside the pods, so yeah.<br><br>
Thanks for posting this PJ!
 

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I make olive extract almost exactly the same way, except I tend to use it right away.<br><br>
For real, yeah, this is a great gift idea and I've used it myself. I don't use much vanilla myself, so I'm still trying to use up the one gifted bottle I have in my pantry.
 

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For the visual learners among us!<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhxMMVLsyNY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhxMMVLsyNY</a>
 

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I'm glad this might be some good ideas for people! with those bean pods up above, you just split the pod on one side then use the knife tip to open it up some, so the flavor imparts.....<br><br>
happy vanilla making!
 

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For the visual learners among us!<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhxMMVLsyNY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhxMMVLsyNY</a></div>
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good quick video....same directions I gave...must be the standard recipe.
 

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I use vanilla extract all the time but always sparingly because it costs so much. I really want to try this now.
 

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Larissa, the initial outlay is a little high, but in the long run, it'll be so much cheaper! esp if you can get a bulk price on vanilla pods, and then to keep adding the alcohol to the bottle for up to a yr with the same beans!
 
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