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osagegypsy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Marsha
Hominy OK
USA
73 Posts

Posted - Jun 25 2011 :  5:17:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Would it take less than 6 months if you slit the bean lengthwise?

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walkinwalkoutcattle
True Blue Farmgirl

1675 Posts

Megan
Paint Lick KY
USA
1675 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2011 :  04:51:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've always waited the full 6. I usually slit the beans lengthwise anyway. It may be ready before then...I'm not sure.

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Tina Kay
True Blue Farmgirl

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Tina Kay
Deary ID
USA
107 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2011 :  11:47:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for sharing. I have been wanting to do this for awhile. I just havent had the time to look into it. I have the beans, now all I need is the vodka!


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daffodil dreamer
True Blue Farmgirl

805 Posts

Jayne
Hamilton Victoria
Australia
805 Posts

Posted - Sep 24 2011 :  11:34:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't split the bean when making extract. Then once the extract is made, I use the beans in other recipes.
If anyone from Australia wants to make it, this is the best place for vanilla beans I have found.
http://www.spicewest.com.au/store/vanilla-beans-natural-essences-and-extracts/cat_6.html

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one_dog_per_acre
True Blue Farmgirl

1569 Posts

Trish
Seattle WA
USA
1569 Posts

Posted - Sep 25 2011 :  06:02:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's my skinny. I have been using my own vanilla since 2007. USDA used to say 1 vanilla bean for every 6-8 ounces of liquid. If you cut the pod lengthwise, the seed will come out in the liquid. Mine took three months, and my mom swears it's the best she ever used. I had to do something to get her off the mexican stuff.
Keep in mind that store bought vanilla is slightly sweetened, also store bought is not all alcohol.
IMITATION VANILLA IS A BI-PRODUCT OF PAPER PRODUCTIOn.

Get your beans on ebay. Find out he difference between Tahitian and Bourbon. Americans like what is called cookie vanilla, half of each kind of bean.

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Acelady02
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1266 Posts

Penny
Washington GA
USA
1266 Posts

Posted - Sep 25 2011 :  06:03:14 AM  Show Profile  Send Acelady02 an AOL message  Send Acelady02 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Megan listed this site as the one she gets beans from I just checked it out and they have them on sale right now if anyone is interested http://www.beanilla.com/

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one_dog_per_acre
True Blue Farmgirl

1569 Posts

Trish
Seattle WA
USA
1569 Posts

Posted - Sep 25 2011 :  06:19:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A whole pound for $25!
http://stores.ebay.com/Vanilla-Products-USA/Make-Your-Own-Vanilla-Extract.html

Trish

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marmieto12
True Blue Farmgirl

213 Posts

laura
utah
USA
213 Posts

Posted - Sep 25 2011 :  10:45:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am excited to try this for Christmas gifts too. I bought from http://www.mountainroseherbs.com A little pricey for organic bean, esp since I bought cheap vodka. LOL
I also bought some little bottles to fill for special neighbor gifts.
I just received my shipment of beans and bottles. I better get to work! Thanks ladies for all of the tips!
The recipe I planned to use called for 1/2 # beans and 1.75 liter of vodka...

Laura~Dreaming of big girl farm...

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Christy925
True Blue Farmgirl

476 Posts

Christy
Midland Michigan
USA
476 Posts

Posted - Sep 25 2011 :  2:41:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My husband and I are about to bottle our first homemade vanilla. We got our beans from http://www.olivenation.com/ . We made a gallon so we can give 2 ounce bottles for Christmas Gifts. We used mid-grade vodka. We did quite a bit of research, read on more than one website that the quality of the vodka does matter. We made our vanilla extra strength - 4x. This website has some easy instructions. http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/start-making-homemade-vanilla-for-christmas . Of course everyone has to tweak recipes to suit themselves. We figure it cost us around $2.34 per ounce. If we would have made it just double strength it would have only cost $1.84 per ounce. My friends and family are gonna love receiving their little homemade cloth gift bags with 2-2oz bottle of heavenly vanilla. I think it's so worth the time and the few dollars. And the bonus is that I have a nice big bottle for myself :) p.s. we didn't worry about organic :( we're not gonna drink it

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marmieto12
True Blue Farmgirl

213 Posts

laura
utah
USA
213 Posts

Posted - Sep 26 2011 :  3:19:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Christy,I am going to use the recipe that was included in the link you attached. Bought more vodka to make a gallon jar. I like your idea of using the cloth bag for the lil' bottles too. I am so excited with ideas of making other types of extracts!

Laura~Dreaming of big girl farm...

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JThomp
True Blue Farmgirl

135 Posts

Justine
Raymore Missouri
USA
135 Posts

Posted - Sep 26 2011 :  6:11:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My first batch of vanilla is almost ready. I can't wait! I plan to give some as gifts for Christmas also. Christy, the bags are a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing.
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thebyrdhaus
True Blue Farmgirl

520 Posts

Patty
Columbus Oh
USA
520 Posts

Posted - Sep 28 2011 :  05:28:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My daughter bought a package of 100 vanilla beans for $40 on Amazon. She shared them with her mama. :) Some vanilla flavoring has gluten in it and her little girls have a gluten intolerance. So she has been making vanilla for several years. I make vanilla bean scones (Starbucks Like) and when I am have scraped out the bean, I put in in sugar to create a vanilla sugar.

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walkinwalkoutcattle
True Blue Farmgirl

1675 Posts

Megan
Paint Lick KY
USA
1675 Posts

Posted - Oct 16 2011 :  4:37:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't keep vanilla long enough in my house! I use so much of it I go through it like mad! I'm stocking up this time on vanilla beans and getting a few canning jars full!

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22angel
True Blue Farmgirl

498 Posts

Pam
Manitoba
Canada
498 Posts

Posted - Oct 16 2011 :  7:57:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I started 2 jars on Friday night....can't wait for it to be ready! I used vodka in one & white rum in the other...I wonder if that makes a difference? Oh well. I don't drink, so I don't know what grade they are (I "thiefed" them from my mom's house where they've been sitting for years - may as well make use out of them!). Didn't have quite enough of the vodka, but that's alright.

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lisalisa
True Blue Farmgirl

215 Posts

Lisa
Broomall PA
USA
215 Posts

Posted - Oct 17 2011 :  07:54:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oooooo! I have been wanting to do this for so long, now I hope I'm ready! I ordered the beans, is there time for it to "cure" before holiday gift time? I have some family and close baker friends I'd like to share with. Thanks for the info! ---Lisa
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sondrak
Farmgirl in Training

33 Posts

Sondra
Colorado Springs CO
USA
33 Posts

Posted - Oct 29 2011 :  12:20:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You all have made this sound really easy! I figure if I try Julie's recipe for the small batch, I can have some around Xmas. Then, I can also do the larger batch and experiment with the other flavors to have ready in time for the baking that my family likes to do around Easter.

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ClaireSky
True Blue Farmgirl

1760 Posts

Julie
Arcadia WI
USA
1760 Posts

Posted - Nov 08 2011 :  06:27:47 AM  Show Profile  Send ClaireSky an AOL message  Send ClaireSky a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I will definitely try the vanilla recipe in the smaller batch. Other than the vanilla, how are the other flavors made? Thanks for all the info everybody has given.

Julie
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West-Central WI Farmgirls

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CurlysQuilts
True Blue Farmgirl

569 Posts

Sarah
Northeast Kingdom VT
USA
569 Posts

Posted - Nov 08 2011 :  10:55:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Other flavors I have tried are lemon and orange. Just take the clean peel from a lemon or rind and stuff into into your bottle and cover with vodka. Super easy and YUMMY!

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Apache Lady
Farmgirl in Training

47 Posts

Erika
La Puente California
USA
47 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2011 :  12:49:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh my gosh this sounds wonderful! I have got to try this. I tried growing vanilla orchids, but didn't have any luck. Great links for purchasing though!
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shelbyc
True Blue Farmgirl

71 Posts

shannon
murdale british columbia
Canada
71 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2012 :  9:57:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bought my beans on Ebay. You an read up on the different grades there too. I believe they said you don't need the highest grade for vanilla extract. I just need to buy the vodka now, can't wait to get it started!
Shannon
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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

585 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
585 Posts

Posted - Aug 10 2019 :  7:51:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
O.K. I am sold on making my own vanilla extract. I also never dreamed that there are so many uses for the vanilla bean. I also want to buy in bulk because if I can freeze them it will be worth saving money for them. It will make wonderful gifts.

Lori Beck
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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2498 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2498 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2019 :  01:33:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just put up a new batch of vanilla extract, cant wait to use it

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4594 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4594 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2019 :  05:12:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've made vanilla extract using bourbon and it is very good. Almost time to make some more - now to decide if I want to use bourbon or vodka for the next batch.

I used Jim Beam bourbon because I wanted to use it in coffee too.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Edited by - YellowRose on Aug 11 2019 05:16:10 AM
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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

585 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
585 Posts

Posted - Aug 14 2019 :  6:50:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is there a difference in the taste of the vanilla with the use of bourbon or vodka?

Lori Beck
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4594 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4594 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2019 :  04:41:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, vanilla extract made with bourbon tastes like bourbon with vanilla. Made with vodka it will have a stronger vanilla flavor. Maybe it's a southern-Texas thing but we like bourbon in a lot of our cooking - savory and sweet. Egg custard made with bourbon vanilla extract is wonderful.

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