Friday, October 2, 2009

Vanilla Extract Update

I've received hundreds of emails and phone calls begging me to update everyone on the progress of my homemade gluten free vanilla extract. I just can't take it any more. Everyone is on the edge of their seats. Drum roll please....................... Oh! Fine!!!! No one has inquired about the extract, not even my own wife. Sheesh!!! I won't let that stop me from this little update. Here is what I started with on July 31st.

Here we are today. Just over two months later the extract is really taking shape and turning a beautiful amber color. Have I mentioned that I'm horribly impatient? Three plus months to wait for this stuff seems like an eternity. I am proud of myself though. I no longer hover over the jar like a mother hen waiting for her chick to hatch. The first few days were rough on me. I think I checked on the extract every 15 minutes to see if it was ready. Now I can make it for a couple days without picking it up and wondering when I can sample my vanilla goodness. Enjoy!!!


  1. Me too Brian, me too. I put mine in the cabinet and just try to forget its there. I can't wait to try some when its ready. I'm hoping to gift vanilla extract as Christmas gifts this year.

  2. I have been thinking about it because I made my own alcohol-free version with vegetable glycerine (I can't do alcohol either...) and it's fabulous!!! I love baking with it. I didn't post it yet b/c I wanted to try it out first and it's almost gone. So, I have to start all over again.

    Isn't it more fun making this kind of stuff?? Honestly, I spend more money in the kitchen than I do on clothes. Some girls love Prada, I love KitchenAid.

  3. looks like sun tea!

  4. That looks amazing! I'd be checking it every 15 minutes too if I had something like that in my cupboard.

  5. Your post is so funny. :-) I love making my own vanilla extract. I can't even imagine buying it any more. I think I mentioned before that I only use two vanilla beans to a pint of vodka for my recipe, so mine doesn't get nearly as dark, but it's still great. Yours will be wonderful ... it will be worth the wait. I agree with Babyfro that it's best to hide it in the cupboard. ;-)