Madagascar Vanilla Extracts

A friend commented that my blog was getting more boring as there were fewer posts and fewer updates. Well, I might have to agree to that as
(1) I haven't been baking as often as I want to,
(2) even if I bake, they were repeated recipes,
(3) I was testing out some recipes for my workshops, therefore, it won't be appropriate to post them up here.

So, with all these valid reasons, I supposed I can be excused from the long lapse of posts? :p

Anyway, this is also nothing new. I thought I just want to share that since making my own vanilla extracts, I've not looked back. And friends whom I have given them my vanilla extracts have raved about the quality of it. So with more vanilla beans on hand, since I don't know how else to make use of them,  I've decided to make more vanilla extracts! Even The Little Teochew has made her own vanilla extracts!

I bought these colourful glass bottles from a shop in JB when I was there lately. They were rather huge, and I was simply happy! It cost me only RM5.00 each! Each bottle contains about 600g of vodka, so you can imagine how much vanilla extract I'll be getting? And not forgetting my previous two smaller bottles of vanilla extracts! Gee, I think with all these bottles, it's really going to last me a lifetime supply! I'll have to be contented, wouldn't I?

12 comments:

busygran said...
July 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Nothing beats homemade vanilla extract. I have a bottle of vodka drowning some vanilla pods too.

ReeseKitchen said...
July 8, 2010 at 10:52 PM

I have a bottle of homemade vanilla extract too. It was given to me by Bee Bee (Honeybeesweets). I like the smell of it and we can never buy those outside.

Jess @ Bakericious said...
July 8, 2010 at 10:59 PM

I just asked hubby few nites ago whether he has stock of vodka for me to make vanilla extra cos kept thinking of it after seeing from A Little Teochew. So lucky stil ve vodka at home, now is waiting to make a trip to purchase vanilla pod then I wil ve homemade as well kee kee kee..

Fiona said...
July 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

WOW, I am so envious & jealous! You have so much vanilla extract. I am still using the cheap vanilla essence until I can bake better :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...
July 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Hey Jane, I just made a batch of homemade vanilla myself a couple weeks back. ;) But instead of vodka, I used Rum! Why rum? Because I tried using both rum and vodka making the extract and it turns out the rum one is so much more intense! do consider using rum next time...you won't regret it. ;) Hope I get a chance to blog about it and you will see what I'm talking about., ;) Yeah...Reese got a bottle of my 1st batch. ;)

Passionate About Baking said...
July 9, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Hi busygran,
I can't agree more! That is why we keep making right?

HiReese,
You are so lucky! Anything from a baking friend must be of good quality! ;)

Hi Jess,
Oh yes, you must quickly get down to do it. It takes at least 2 months for the extract to "mature". The longer you delay, the later you have your homemade extract. After that, it's never looking back!

Hi Fiona,
What is vanilla essence? Heehee... Don't use lah, throw away lah. You give me a small empty glass container, I spare you some. :p Btw, it's not that your bake is not good yet, it's because you've not used the REAL vanilla extract! ;p

Passionate About Baking said...
July 9, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Hi HBS,
Aiyo, wished I have known this earlier!:p I've used up all my glass bottles using Vodka. How did you find out using Rum is better? Did you find it out from some site? Hmm...maybe I'll go and get another smaller bottle and try using Rum. Thanks very much sharing, else I would never have known. ;))

Anonymous said...
July 10, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Hi Jane,

I have never used a vanilla pod before so I have some questions and hope you can help me. Do I have to wash the vanilla pod before cutting and using it? If I make vanilla extract, do I have to store in the fridge?

Thanks.

Joy

Passionate About Baking said...
July 12, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Hi Joy,
Please do not wash your vanilla pod. Just use a clean napkin to clean it. I've never washed them!
Do you store your vanilla extract in the fridge. Put it in a cool dark place, like kitchen cabinet. I put mine in my lower kitchen cabinet and let it stand for at least 2 months before I use it.
Hope this clarifies.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...
July 17, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Hi Jane

Thanks for the mention. I do take out my bottle of vanilla extract to admire (and shake) every now and then. Your bottles are beautiful!

Passionate About Baking said...
July 17, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Hi Ju,
You're most welcome. :) Ya, me too! I'll give it a good shake every once a while.

Jess @ Bakericious said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I just asked hubby few nites ago whether he has stock of vodka for me to make vanilla extra cos kept thinking of it after seeing from A Little Teochew. So lucky stil ve vodka at home, now is waiting to make a trip to purchase vanilla pod then I wil ve homemade as well kee kee kee..

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