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Rena

the flavoured oil thread reminded me....

...we want to make our own vanilla extract. Never done that before either...any helpful suggestions/input? Tia
Pilsbury

Vanilla pods from ebay, they are incredavly cheap, 10 - 20 pods in a half liter bottle of vodka, keep somewhere cool and dark and shake every day.
The alcohol extracts the flavour.
Here we put tue pods into caster sugar for a month to flavpur that and then move them into the vodka so they flavour both.
The more pods amd longer tou leave them the stronger tye flavour.
Thays it.
midlandsman

That's the way I did mine with vanilla from the last bulk buy.

MM
Rena

How long do you leave the lot sitting before using then?

Also, we had a friend who said she left hers sitting in a dark place and it looked the exact same a year later? (as the day she set it)
midlandsman

I just keep adding pods/vodka as I use it/them. Just leave the first lot until it's got enough flavour for what you want - I guess I left mine a couple of months or so, but  could probably have used it sooner.

MM
Pilsbury

The more pods you add the quicker it will flavour the vodka, 10-20 in a half bottle should give you a useable flavouring in a month or so, i tend to start another bottle whrn i start using one but my missus has taken to baking cakes in a semi proffesional capacity lol.
Again one thw pods have flavoured the sugar and then the vodka i take them out and let tuem dry out and then use the seeds in custards and so on so even with expensive ingreduants they can g a long way.
Rena

Thank you MM and Pilsbury, for the replies!

And what a great idea! Drying the pods for use in custards, etc! Must try this as well!

Thank you, thank you!

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