Faithfully Gluten Free
Creating Delicious Gluten Free Recipes since 2008.
Charlotte Moore says
September 18, 2013 at 8:11 am
I leave mine for 6 months.
Jeanine Friesen says
September 18, 2013 at 8:15 am
The longer it lingers, the stronger, and more flavourful, it’ll be! I bet it smells wonderful. what kind of beans do you use?
September 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm
I use the Madagascar. I also tried a little with rum and some with bourbon.
September 18, 2013 at 8:17 am
I make my own all the time. I leave mine to sit a minimum of 3 months. For fun I used Vanilla Vodka this time and it’s extra yummy!
September 18, 2013 at 8:58 am
Oh – vanilla vodka! That’s a great place to start. All the flavoured vodkas, you could make a variety of flavours!
September 18, 2013 at 8:20 am
Oh forgot to say that in Canada a good place to buy bulk vanilla beans is:
Happy Vanilla Extract Making.
Yes, it is! I follow them on Facebook. 🙂 Thanks, Teri!
September 18, 2013 at 8:22 am
What brand of Vodka do you use? I find that I do better with certain vodka’s than others, for instance SKYY vodka seems to bother me (not sure if it has anything to do with being GF but it felt like it). I really want to try your recipe!
September 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
Smirnoff vodka is GF. But not the flavoured ones.
September 18, 2013 at 9:05 am
Thanks for sharing, I had no idea the flavoured ones weren’t. Odd. I think most vodkas are GF, but Smirnoff is the first to label it as so, right?
September 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Vanilla Twist Smirnoff is GF it is vodka & Madagascar Vanilla Extract.
September 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Thanks or looking into that, Teri! I have flavoured run, but no flavoured vodka at home.
September 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm
Here are the ingredients in Smirnoff Vanilla Twist, right off the bottle:
vodka, sugar, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid and sodium citrate.
September 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm
I’ve only found that Smirnoff Ice is NOT gluten-free, haven’t found anything about the flavoured ones though. By reading the label it looks good!
September 18, 2013 at 9:01 am
Hi Michelle, if you’re finding that some vodkas are bothering you, be sure to use a potato vodka. It ‘shouldn’t be bothering you, but it still does some people. Mine was just a cheap bottle of 80 proof vodka.
Barbara R. Briody says
September 18, 2013 at 10:10 am
I live in South Texas where it is possible to buy a liter of Mexican vanilla [dark or clear] for under $10 – it lasts so long I don’t really remember exactly what I paid last time, but it seems to me it was closer to $6 a bottle. I visit family in Illinois and Wisconsin every few years, and have found this to be a very welcome hostess gift. The recipient then shares out the bottle in the extended family, and everyone gets that great aroma and flavor.
Remember the “housekeeping” hints about using a drop of perfume on a light bulb before a party? I use a few drops of vanilla on a cotton ball tucked into the after-filter of my vacuum cleaner to make the house smell like I’ve just baked up a storm.
September 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm
Oh, that is the PERFECT hostess gift, Barbara! I have the clear vanilla from Mexico in my cupboard right now. I just don’t share – I keep the whole bottle for me. 😉
September 18, 2013 at 10:46 am
Jeanine – do you have to be careful about the type of bottle used and how it seals? And how long does the vanilla last or does it not really go bad? Do you fish the beans out after the 8 or so weeks or leave them in there when gifting? I’m intrigued as you can see! Seems like the perfect gift for that person that has everything! 🙂
September 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Ah, great questions, Allyson! 🙂 As long as it’s a glass jar that can be sealed, it’s good. A regular canning jar works too. I’m not sure how plastic would hold up though, unless it’s a special plastic. Since you should store it in a dark place, a clear bottle is OK. If you want to store it on the counter, you would probably need a dark amber coloured bottle.
I don’t believe the vanilla will ever go bad – too much alcohol for that. 😉 If you want, you can fish the beans out, or you can leave them in there, the flavour will intensify, or you can top it up with fresh vodka as you use it. I’d leave the beans in when gifting, I think they add more than they take away. 🙂
September 18, 2013 at 11:55 am
Thank you for a wonderful Holiday gift idea! I’m using Internet Explorer on Windows 8 and when I click on the affiliate links it takes me to what looks like some kind of back page for Baking Beauties’ website. I could just be more Win 8 issues, but I will come back later and will buy through your affiliate link.
I use Chopin potato vodka–the flavor is super clean and mild.
September 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Sorry, Elizabeth, that wasn’t a “Win 8” error, that was a “Jeanine before caffeine” error. 🙂 It’s all fixed now – thanks! 🙂
Penny Calhoun says
September 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm
So will potato vodka work. I have Celiac and regular vodka an flavored vodkas have wheat.
September 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm
Yes, potato or corn vodka work perfectly fine.
Meg @ Sweet Twist says
September 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm
Oh I have always wanted to try this….
September 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm
I’d always wanted to do it too, Meg! Now’s your chance. 🙂
September 21, 2013 at 8:42 am
I’ve had really good success with the vanilla beans I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs. We use a lot of them in things we make to sell, as does a fellow Market vendor, so we often buy a larger amount and split it, which helps save on the price. These beans smell so good that when I have been using them and had some extra vanilla bean goo stay on the knife at end of session, I’ve rubbed it on as perfume! Of course, then my husband had to ask me what the little brown flecks all over my neck were, but it was worth it. Their vanilla smells heavenly!
September 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Ha, little brown flecks. 🙂 It does smell SO good though!
September 21, 2013 at 8:44 am
Here’s the Mountain Rose write up on Vanilla. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/vanilla_bean.php
September 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm
September 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Thanks for posting this early. I always see a post like this at Christmas where its too late to make as a gift. I think I will get this ready for my gift giving this year. Where would I look for cute bottles like yours?
September 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm
My pleasure, Candi! I found bottles like this at Winners, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, I’ve heard Hobby Lobby has some really cute ones too (like this, but smaller, great for gifts). Hope this gives you a few ideas.
September 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm
I’m planning on making this for Christmas gifts this year. Any suggestions for baked goods that I could put with the extract that ‘celebrate’ the vanilla flavor? I’ve done some online searches, but most recipes call for VE. I’m looking for something that you would definitely taste the vanilla. Thanks in advance!!
October 9, 2013 at 7:04 am
I’ve got a fantastic recipe coming up this morning, Lisa! 😀
October 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Mini Vanilla Bundt cakes would be great, Lisa! http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2013/10/gluten-free-vanilla-bundt-cake.html
October 3, 2013 at 11:29 am
Hello Jeanine, I’ve been experimenting with GF bread recipes and generally get an edible product but my last attempt had large holes in it? Could you give me an educated guess as to why I got the holes? (Thanks for the vanilla recipe and also the cinnamon buns !!) Thanks for any help you can give me.
October 9, 2013 at 7:05 am
Hmm… I’m not sure what would cause the holes, Leslie. Did you do the mixing any differently than normal?
October 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm
How many beans do you use? Or is it up to me? I’m thinking about mixing Tahitian and Madagascar beans for a unqiue flavor.
October 9, 2013 at 7:06 am
You use about 5 beans per 8 ounces of vodka, so you can batch up the recipe as you see fit, or make it in smaller batches. Blending the vanilla beans works really well also! Makes for great, custom flavours.
January 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm
My vanilla beans just arrived today. I can’t wait to try this out.
January 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm
And now starts the long wait… Have patience, Katrina, it’ll be worth it. 😉
Nathan Whitmire says
September 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm
I am making some now! I can’t wait to try it. I have a big gallon jar steeping the beans. I watched YouTube vids and read a lot of blogs. (I used the one ounce of beans to 8oz vodka) I hope it’s good! Can not wait! I used 1 pound of Madagascar-vanilla-beans-extract-grade-b from http://www.beanilla.com they shipped fast and price was great. After I ordered I found another site http://www.worldclassvanilla.com which has a better price, I’ll try that next time. :-).
I’m also making cinnamon extract and coffee extract the same way. Can’t wait to try them all.
Happy baking everyone.
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