A question about a recipe: Homemade Vanilla and Lavender Extracts

I have a question about the recipe "Homemade Vanilla and Lavender Extracts" from Trisha Jones. Do you split the vanilla beans at all before inserting it into the vodka? Or do you just leave them whole?

  • Posted by: Cindy M
  • July 15, 2014
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Trena Heinrich
Trena Heinrich July 15, 2014

Cindy - split the vanilla beans and run a knife along the inside. Then put the soft gooey insides back into the vodka along with the vanilla bean.

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Cindy M
Cindy M July 15, 2014

Thank you! I had seen that in other instructions for vanilla extract, but didn't see it here.

Trisha Jones
Trisha Jones July 15, 2014

Hi Cindy, Yes I cut mine down the middle with scissors or a knife. works like a charm :)

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Tommy
Tommy August 4, 2014

I always crush them with a rolling pin to break the seeds inside then I split them lengthwise and if necessary, cut in half. I also use white rum instead of vodka. Its amazing.

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Susan W
Susan W August 4, 2014

Two great ideas. So, do you just use a light rum? Does the vanilla have a rummy flavor?

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