This DIY Vanilla Extract Is Free of Additives & So Easy to Make! by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

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3 years ago
This DIY Vanilla Extract Is Free of Additives & So Easy to Make!

Cooking outside the box is my preach and my passion! Commercial vanilla extract may contain glycerin, propylene glycol, sugar, invert sugar, dextrose or corn syrup. If it concerns you that unnecessary and potentially harmful additives are in your food supply, let me show you how to make a vanilla extract containing only two ingredients.

If replicating a typical bottle of store-bought vanilla extract, you need about 16 ounces of alcohol and four vanilla beans. If you’re not making anything with vanilla bean paste anytime soon, go ahead and submerge the beans whole. When you run out of extract, or when the extract is ready, you can pull out a vanilla bean and use the paste within any recipe you’d like.

You’ll need:

  • 1 16-ounce clear, clean wide-mouth jar that will seal airtight
  • 1 16-ounce bottle good-quality vodka, rum, bourbon or brandy
  • 4 - 6 whole, good-quality fresh vanilla beans

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine the alcohol and whole vanilla beans in a clean jar and seal.
  2. Place the jar in a cool, dark place for two to six months – the longer the better. Occasionally shake the jar.
  3. When the extract is done, you can leave the beans in or remove them for additional use.

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Donna John
Love homemade vanilla extract. It's so easy to make. Everyone should try it. Chef Gigi Gaggero
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I would never have thought to make my own vanilla! Thank you for showing us how, Chef Gigi Gaggero ! #yum
Tiffany Zook
You can skip the jar and plop those beans right in the bourbon.
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
I never knew alcohol was used in extract! No wonder I like it...ha ha.. great idea.

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