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Jamie Deen shows us how to make vanilla extract from scratch Added on November 30 2009 | 50 Comments
McCorrmick has pure vanilla extract at 41% alcohol. Would the homemade extract be the same? Or would it be as per whatever vodka you used? I make homemade vanilla schnapps and would really like to know, please.
By Jeanette on December 28, 2012
Can I use Everclear to make Vanilla. Do I use it straight or dilute it and do I always heat the liquor before using it for vanilla?
By Karlene on May 10, 2012
You can find this recipe here:
By Jonath on February 28, 2011
I've made homemade vanilla with vodka, but I prefer some Bacardi Rum. I also let it set 6 mos to really set up the flavor.
By Joan Bonnet on February 22, 2011
What a great idea.....Thank you!
By Peggy on February 22, 2011
Have made vanilla with el-cheapo brandy before,will definately try it with the good stuff! Thanks Deen family!
By momocat on February 22, 2011
Where you buy that fresh one?
By Mari Walton on February 22, 2011
Is there another alcohol that can be used? The mere smell of vodka makes me ill, and I can't have it in my house! I was considering using EverClear, but don't know if that will make the alcohol too strong.
By Anonymous on February 22, 2011
Thank you so much for this recipe. I was wondering what happens to the alcohol in the vodka. When I smell the store bought stuff I don't smell alcohol. Is this really how it is made? Maybe I should look at he video again but I don't remember how long it takes to become vanilla extract.
BTW, I love your Mom.
By Kristie Foreman on February 22, 2011
I never have warmedup my vodka. I split and scrape my vanilla beans and put into the pint of vodka. I shake every now and then and wait six months.My cousin in Arkansas says that's how she has done it for years and she is an excellant cook. I have watched your Mother for years and absolutely love her!
By Sally Boyd on February 21, 2011
I am so excited to find this video making real Vanilla extract. I am known for my love of butter, Hellmans mayo and real vanilla extract. I usually get it from Mexico. Whenever a friend is going I ask them to bring me back some vanilla. Never is my wildest dream did it ever cross my mind that I could make my own. DUH! So off to the liquor store I go.
Now it did cross my mind am I going to do this like I do my Christmas shopping. I always say that I buy one to give away and one for me cause I'm not going to give a gift that I don't like so I get me one also. Now am I going to drink the vodka on that 1 to 1 ratio? I might be a little tipsey before I through.
Thanks again for inspiring me for greatness!
By Sharon Threeton on February 21, 2011
Where can I buy vanilla beans
By alice MacDougall on February 21, 2011
Yummmmm!!!! thank you Jamie.
By Zayda Koerner on February 21, 2011
First of all, I love your recipes and ideas!! Hope to one day get to your restaurant in Savannah! I do have a questions about homemade vanilla....where can you buy vanilla beans. I don't recall ever seeing them in a grocery store. Please let me know....and keep up the good work!
By Darlene Hillhouse on February 21, 2011
I can't wait to try out this recipe. Do you think Jamie could show me how to make homemade irish cream next! Thanks!
By Dana Levulis on February 21, 2011
How much Vodka do we use?
By Linda Emerson on February 21, 2011
Thanks. I was already in love with Jamie....now, I have another reason to like him. Vanilla is my favorite.
By Brenda Sigler on February 21, 2011
By Bre on February 21, 2011
Hey there Jamie, Thanks for the great idea, it sure beats driving to Mexico.I,m going to try it here in the next few days.Thanks again,please Have a blessed day.
By Aleta Whitford on February 21, 2011
What a great idea.. I use so much vanilla.. What do you think of using the vanilla flavored vodka?.. I will surely try this.. hope it's good and potent with the vanilla flavor... I do lots of baking..
By Norma Houghtaling on February 21, 2011
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