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Aug 12, 2005 05:32 AM

another vanilla question

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someone recently suggested putting vanilla beans in vodka to store--sorry, i couldn't find the post. but it sounded like a good idea.

so do you leave them whole or split them first?

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  1. Split them lengthwise and cut into 1" sections and put them in the vodka to make oyur own baking vanilla. I use about 5-6 beans to 750ml of vodka.Shake once in awhile. In about 5 months you will have vanilla.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Richie

      But the beans won't be very good for much else, and it won't be very good vanilla either.

      1. re: Candy

        I would think that if you used decent vodka, it would make a vanilla vodka superior to what you could buy. I'm thinking for a straight vodka or over-the-rocks situation, where you want the flavor to be light and very pure. Not artificial in any way. For mixing you'd probably still want something commercial, with stronger flavors.

        Am I wrong?

        1. re: nooodles

          i'm thinking you're right. the poster who suggested storing vanilla in vodka got me thinking that it might make a nice, subtle flavored vodka. even better if i can take out a bean later and use it for a custard or something! just not sure if i should cut the pod at all.

          1. re: nooodles

            I think I will stick with my Nielsen and Massey vanilla and the really good Mexican vanilla that I can get at a speciality shop. My vanilla beans I will continue to store in a air tight container with a few drops of water to ensure moistness.

            1. re: Candy

              What brand of Mexican vanilla do you use, and how is it different from your Nielsen Massey? I've been using and liking the NM for awhile, but am always curious when I see the Mexican stuff at Sur La Table.

              1. re: nooodles

                I am out of it right now, I get it at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, and I cannot remember the brand at the moment. It is really good stuff. Not the cheap stuff that gets sold to tourists but the very fine vanilla. It is so rich and complex. If you get a chance, try some.