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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Posted on 2011.12.15 at 08:51
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We all remember the muu'muu. Good times. But it just so happens the same guy who brought me back that floral-print, also brought with him some knowledge gained from a tour of the Hawaiian vanilla factory. He told me the secret to making custom vanilla extract at home!

Now his wife loved baking rum cakes for the holidays, so she used white rum. I'm not a vodka drinker, but when I mix drinks, I always use Stoli, so it seemed the most inoffensive (flavorless) choice. Of course they mail-ordered perfect-pure Good Hawaiian vanilla beans in a DIY starter-kit, and you can to! Or, save $20 + shipping and run down to your local HFS. I got this jar at the McKinney Target.

Drink a shot (or two) before you start! This is important for many, many reasons!!! (Only one of which is to make room for the vanilla beans.)

Observe the texture of the bean. Touch it. Caress it. Place the tip of your tongue to its leathery outer shell. Close your eyes. Take another shot of vodka...

STAT! You're a sturgeon and its time to operate! Using a small, sharp knife, make an incision the entire length of the bean. I tried to not penetrate the bean entirely.

Open it up to take in its expensive aroma. This is what will slowly leach out for the next 10-years or so.

Place the slit beans in the bottle and re-cap. Place in a cool, dry cupboard for a minimum of three month to allow for the initial flavor.

After three months you can begin using it as you would store-bought vanilla extract. The bottle should produce flavor for the next ten years with this one simple rule: Everytime you use some, refill the bottle with fresh.



jobu121 at 2011-12-15 15:28 (UTC) (Link)
DUDE, that sounds great. I love the instructions, even I can follow the steps. Thanks for making them simple for me. :) In addition, love the 2-3 shots for many reason's HAHAHAHAHA. I can think of three for me - Bryan, Danielle, and Jordan - HAHAHAHAHA

Cheers brother!
ehowton at 2011-12-15 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Easy-peasy + shots = happiness :D
michelle1963 at 2011-12-15 15:57 (UTC) (Link)
It is always so much fun to figure out how to do things yourself at home. I have never considered making my own vanilla before. Awesome!
ehowton at 2011-12-15 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
Its funny how different people learn different things. I was in Hawaii in 1998 working 16-hour days for the Department of the Navy. My buddy was there on vacation walking the lush gardens of the coffee and vanilla manufacturing plants.

pcofwildthings at 2011-12-15 21:24 (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmmmm........ I don't know what sounds better, the vodka or the vanilla.
michelle1963 at 2011-12-15 23:25 (UTC) (Link)
I *like* the way you think! :-)
ehowton at 2011-12-16 23:31 (UTC) (Link)
You're obviously not a golfer.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2011-12-16 06:26 (UTC) (Link)
You might want to clean your finger nails!!! A pedicure might not be out of the question either.
ehowton at 2011-12-16 23:32 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I'll get right on that.
codekitten at 2011-12-16 18:11 (UTC) (Link)
wow! i LOVE stuff like this! ok, this will be picked up on my next run out. i like your animated .gif so you can see the inside. thanks for posting the steps.
ehowton at 2011-12-16 23:32 (UTC) (Link)
Wait until you see my next foodie post. Yes, another one long overdue. I took these pictures A FREAKING YEAR AGO. Well, except for that last pic. Took that a couple of days ago :P
codekitten at 2011-12-18 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
i thought that about this post...taking the time to wait for all of it to complete before posting so you can show the fruits of your labor...that's a foodie right there!
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2011-12-18 22:44 (UTC) (Link)


You can make just about any flavored vodka this way too. A few years ago we got 10lbs of blueberries during my hometown's annual blueberry festival, and put a pound or so of pulped berries (along with a vanilla bean to smooth out the flavor). It's fantastic, I think we still have some lying around somewhere.
ehowton at 2011-12-18 22:58 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Eh?

ROFLMAO! Is that a sturgeon?

LOVE the blueberry (and vanilla) idea. That's made of wow!
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2011-12-20 00:41 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Eh?

Yes, that's a sturgeon.

Of course, with that recipe you're not left with something to add vanilla flavor to your cooking, but instead just a tasty treat. :-)
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