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A question about a recipe: Homemade Vanilla and Lavender Extracts

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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?

asked by Cindy M about 2 years ago
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added about 2 years ago

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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added about 2 years ago

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

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added about 2 years ago

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

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added about 2 years ago

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

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added about 2 years ago

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