Your personal shoppers, leaving home not required. Shop gift guides »
🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

Can I make vanilla extract in the vodka bottle?

Is there any reason that I can't simply insert my split vanilla beans directly into a just-opened vodka bottle?

All the recipes I've seen instruct using sterilized jars and such. I will eventually transfer the extract into small sterilized bottles (I am making wedding favors), but for the aging process, can I just use the vodka bottles?

asked by Cristina Sciarra over 2 years ago
8 answers 2301 views
23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 2 years ago

I don't see why not. Generally people make smaller amounts of vanilla at a time, but it sounds like you will need a lot of it for your wedding favors.

B0e51b35 a002 4fdd adc2 f06fa947184e  baci1
HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

Yes, I've done it and it's fine. You are putting vanilla into vodka which is at least 45% (90 proof)alcohol. No microorganism or bacteria is going to be growing in that concentration of alcohol. I've even used an opened bottle of vodka to make bathtub gin.

Great idea for wedding favors!

84e04bee 8fc8 4bdc 8199 701c1af83294  image
added over 2 years ago

I regularly use a hotel-minibar-sized vodka bottle with one or two vanilla beans (depending on size/potency/preference) to make extract. Works great, so I don't see why you couldn't scale up.

68de587a 1415 4682 863f 6f7a5c5c1744  dsc 0013
Trena Heinrich

Trena is a trusted source on general cooking.

added over 2 years ago

Yes, you absolutely can use the vodka bottle. I have been making my own vanilla extract for years using this method. One problem I've encountered using a vodka bottle is my inability to access the vanilla pods once I've put them in the jar due to the narrow neck. Other than that it's a great system, but one might consider using a wide mouth canning jar for easier access.

516f887e 3787 460a bf21 d20ef4195109  bigpan
added over 2 years ago

I would check Google for some direction because, to me, putting some vanilla pods in vodka is going to give you a very nice vanilla flavored vodka rather than vanilla extract.
Therefore might mess up any baking recipe.

84e04bee 8fc8 4bdc 8199 701c1af83294  image
added over 2 years ago

You're absolutely right, if you only leave them in for a week or two... Most recipes call for at least 6-8 weeks of steeping before it's properly an extract. Check the ingredients on grocery store extract: it's just alcohol, vanilla, and coloring.

15b9b76f e4a3 4ac9 b854 7e3de82d6829  stringio
added over 2 years ago

Yes I've done this! Just make sure you put about 10-12 beans per 26oz bottle, I think it takes about 3 months to get good vanilla

16f72ccb 3197 434b a946 8e9e68a3715f  cristina 014 web final
added over 2 years ago

Thanks everyone! It took a while to split all those vanilla beans, but now all I have to do is wait!

4189efc6 face 4f96 9708 0f9e0f8d81b3  dsc 4313