Homemade Vanilla Beans Paste

I confess. I'm a sucker for homemade extracts. As if making orange, lemon or vanilla extracts are not enough. Now I'm into making vanilla beans paste. (",) I kept my vanilla pods in the freezer for a long time. Sometimes, I just couldn't bear to use them. But I continue to buy them. Vanilla fetish? Heehee... So I finally decided to use up the beans in the freezer. They were Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla beans. I also have another type of slimmer, smaller vanilla beans. However, I thought that is better for baking rather than making paste.

I found a good simple recipe. But I made a boo-boo with this recipe. Thinking that the weight of my vanilla pods was twice as much indicated in the recipe, I upped the sugar and water. Only to realise that after scrapping out the beans, it was much lesser. O.o Should have just stick to the recipe. What was I thinking?! Anyway, I proceeded. The aroma of the vanilla that filled the room when I was boiling was really good! However, when my children came back from their tuition, they asked who drank milo? >_<" Make some yourself today!
Recipe for Homemade Vanilla Bean Paste, adapted from Foodzeit.

10 Fresh vanilla pods, beans scrapped
60 g sugar
60 ml water
1 tsp Lemon juice

1. Weigh out all ingredients and place them in a pot.
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2. Heat over low fire till it boils.
3. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the water is reduced and you get something like a syrup.
4. Let it cool slightly.
5. Pour them into a sterilized glass container. Scratch everything from your pot into the glass container. Cool completely before storing.

My proud collection of extracts and paste. ;) vanillapaste04 

So what do you do with your vanilla pods? Leave it in the sun or just air dry it completely, then stick them in your sugar container. Then you'll get vanilla sugar. I never run out of vanilla sugars!


Anonymous said...
June 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I live in an extremely humid & hot tropical country would it be necessary
to store this in the refrigerator or on the pantry shelf ? what is the maximum shelf life for each storage option? also if I store it in the refrg
will the sugar crystalize or does the lemon juice prevent this? thank you from lanyuk61@gmail.com

Passionate About Baking said...
June 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I don't store this in the fridge, it will harden with the sugar crystallizing. You can just store it in your cupboard like what I did. If you want to keep it fresh, use it within a month. I am still using mine after a few months.

Anonymous said...
January 19, 2015 at 8:50 AM

How much vanilla bean paste does this recipe make? And how much sugar do you use for the 10 pods?

Passionate About Baking said...
January 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Hi, use the quantity of sugar in this recipe. I upped it and it was sticky. It was just a small bottle, approximately 10tsps only I think. Now I'm left with the liquid sugar part. I've used up the paste.

Anonymous said...
January 22, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Oh ok. Thank you. What size jar would you suggest for this paste? I'm wanting to give this as a gift and wanted to make sure i got the right size jar.

Passionate About Baking said...
January 22, 2015 at 8:39 AM

Hi, I'm sorry, I really don't know what jar size you should use. Mine was too big. Well, if you estimate a tsp to be 5ml, then approx 10 tsp should be 50ml size? I would buy bigger to play safe though.

Organic Indonesian Vanilla Beans said...
April 25, 2015 at 1:16 PM

The beans look rich with vanilla seed. Thank you for the recipes.

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