Use your sous vide to speed up the process of vanilla extract making. This customizable, handmade vanilla extract is perfect for baking, making, and gift-giving.
For Christmas 2019, my mom and I decided we’d do “Homemade Christmas”. The only rule was that whatever was gifted must be homemade. This is OBV my kind of Christmas.
Kevy and I deliberated for days. What does everyone love? In the end, we included smoked cheese, homemade bacon (tutorial to come), and this incredible sous vide vanilla extract.
It’s now 4 months later, my sister has claimed while sighing a lot, that she’s out of her homemade vanilla extract. I promised her I’d finally post this tutorial for her!
This recipe is dedicated to vodka and vanilla – a match made in heaven.
Tips + Tricks
No. 1 –> use as fresh as possible vanilla beans.
No. 2 –> don’t worry about using super good vodka. Your baking won’t notice if you use Grey Goose or Smirnoff.
No. 3 –> don’t use vodka. Use bourbon, use rum, use whatever your heart desires!
No. 4 –> The alcohol burn will mellow out. After the first couple weeks, you extract will be much smoother. This does not mean you extract isn’t ready to use immediately, it is. It just means the burn will taper off. Besides we’re cooking with it, not sipping it!
- vanilla beans
How to make
- Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise. Scrape out all the seeds.
- Pour vodka into clean mason jars.
- Add the equivalent of 1 – 2 beans per cup of vodka.
- Sous vide for 6-8 hours.
- Cool completely before using.
Why make homemade vanilla?
Well, firstly, why not?!?
Beyond that, there are a lot of reasons to make your own vanilla extract.
Making your own vanilla ensures that you can use premium or specific ingredients. You can use bourbon or vodka. You can use Tahitian or Madagascar vanilla, fair trade or organic beans.
Homemade vanilla is much cheaper than purchasing the extract in-store. I am *always* down with getting the best bang for my buck. My bottle of vodka was around $40 for 1.14L, and my vanilla was $25 for 5 beans. This gave me a cost of $65 for 1L (33 oz) of extract.
Quick math shows I produced awesome vanilla extract for $1.97 per oz! I pay, regularly between $4 & $6 per oz. That’s savings of at least 50%!
If you bake a lot, having a litre of vanilla extract around the house is super convenient. Making a large batch and leaving the jars in the back of a cupboard in case you run out is simply awesome.
I LOVE handmade gifts. There’s something about the thought and the work that goes into them that makes me so grateful. This bulk vanilla extract is a great gift to give teachers, friends, and family, any time of the year. Here’s a link to the amazing little amber bottles I used!
Where to use sous vide vanilla extract
Let me know in the comments your favourite recipe to use vanilla extract in?
This recipe owes it’s quickness to the sous vide. You can make vanilla extract at home without a sous vide, it just takes longer. MUCH longer.
This Instant Pot Accu Slim Sous Vide is the one I bought myself – it’s an affordable entry-level sous vide circulator. It’s been so awesome to have.
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- 5-6 vanilla beans
- 4 cups vodka
- Prepare sous vide water bath.
- Slice the vanilla bean in half if required to fit in your jar, then halve lengthwise.
- Scrape the beans out of the vanilla pod.
- Split the pods between the jars.
- Add 1 cup of vodka to each jar.
- Screw the lids on finger-tight.
- Place the jars in the water bath.
- Sous vide at 130f for 4-8 hours.
- Cool before using. Leave the pods and seeds in the extract!
This is up to personal preference, BUT I like to process mine in the sous vide for 8 hours. I find it gives a richer colour, and stronger extract right away.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g