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Homemade Vanilla Extract

   

Vanilla Extract

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Since my interest in baking is reignited this holiday season, I am reminded of my homemade vanilla extract which I kept forgetting to write about. The bottle you see above is 3 years old! Homemade vanilla extract is unbeatable in terms of both price and quality.  And it is so easy to put together, it is a pity not to make your own if you love baking. All you need is a glass bottle, vanilla pods, vodka and some time … and you will be rewarded with a never-ending supply of good quality vanilla extract. It will never run out because you can simply top up with more pods and vodka as you use it. Homemade vanilla extract makes a great hand-made gift for the holiday season (you can put together a diy starter kit, or give a bottle with a tag to indicate the estimated ready date).

Vanilla Extract

                                           

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53 Responses to “Homemade Vanilla Extract”

  1. Angie — December 15, 2011 @ 2:54 am

    I made some months ago too..smells really good now.

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  2. Juliana — December 15, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Wow, homemade vanilla extract…I am sure that must taste and smell much better than the store bought ones…thanks for this nice recipe.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

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  3. Tigerfish — December 15, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    The longer it’s aged, the better it is? I like the pretty bottle.

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    • wiffy replied: — December 15th, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

      i think the longer it seeps, the deeper the flavour

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  4. Rachel Tan — December 21, 2011 @ 3:08 am

    where do you get your vanilla pods from? ^^ oh whoops, sorry realized you mentioned it in your post already!

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    • wiffy replied: — December 21st, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

      no prob, hope you find it too :)

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  5. Catherine — December 28, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    Got mine at Phoon Huat, Red Man Brand 10 sticks in a vacuum pack for $10 =)

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  6. Shiamillion — December 31, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    where to get the bottle stopper? can fit into any bottles?

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    • wiffy replied: — January 1st, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

      I got mine from Cold Storage, but many places sell it too (e.g. household/kitchen section of departmental stores). Yes I think can fit into all the wine glass bottles.

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  7. Joanne — January 19, 2012 @ 2:19 am

    Does this homemade vanilla extract replace the vanilla’s they ask for in all recipe’s? Like cakes, cookies, ect… Thanks.

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    • Catherine replied: — February 22nd, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

      yes it does Joanne =)

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  8. Samantha — April 13, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    Where to get the vanilla pod?

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    • wiffy replied: — April 13th, 2012 @ 11:45 am

      Hi Samantha, I got them from ebay – updated the seller link in the blog post.

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      • Samantha replied: — April 13th, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

        Thanks for the info:)

  9. SK — May 15, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Hi, do i need to wash the vanilla pods?

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    • wiffy replied: — May 15th, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

      Hi SK, personally I do not wash the pods.

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  10. Sarah — May 30, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    Will opening it before the 3 months is up spoil it? Or could I open it every now and then to check on it/smell it? Haha.

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    • wiffy replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 12:38 am

      You can open the bottle any time, it won’t spoil :)

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