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I lived in Tahiti (Moorea) for 15 years and baked as a profession. Needless to say I made vanilla extract all the time. I used 16 oz of dark rum, NO SUGAR, put in maybe 8 whole vanilla beans, the more vanilla beans the more I stuffed into my rum. wait a few months and voila vanilla extract. I would some times take a whole bean out of the jar, cut it ...


I think you're conflating syrups and extracts. Extracts are some flavoring oil plus alcohol. For example, Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract is a solution containing the flavor compound vanillin as the primary ingredient. Pure vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla beans in a solution of ethyl alcohol and water. In the United ...


I adequate a batch today with a 5th of Smirnoff vanilla infused vodka and 3 Tbls of Meyers rum and 6 vanilla beans (I scrappedal the seeds into the bottle before adding the bean pods) as it gives better results for custards and cakes later. I added a little simple syrup for body. Now the wait of approx 4 months till I can use and gift it.

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