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Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe-Gluten Free

If you enjoy rich vanilla taste, then you will love this yummy Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe and more!

Updated November 23, 2018.

If you enjoy rich vanilla taste, then you will love this yummy Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe and more!

Get a high quality pure extract with outstanding flavor for a fraction of the price of pre-prepared brand name products.

This Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe will enhance all your cooking and baking.

Beautiful vanilla bean steeped in gluten-free vodka (a neutral carrier liquid) is perfect for fine foods.  

Purchase grain-free vodka.

Potato vodka is safe for all people sensitive to gluten and has a wonderfully smooth taste, no “bite”.


Vanilla Extract is a Healthy Food

Studies conclude the vanilla bean's best health benefits come from pure vanilla extract.

Steeping vanilla beans in alcohol releases the potent antioxidants, vanillin and vanillic acid, powerful age and cancer fighting agents.

Its antimicrobial properties are noted for fighting infections, illnesses and acne.

Rich in B Vitamins, magnesium and potassium, vanilla extract benefits the nervous system, muscles and energy production at the cellular level.

Studies conclude vanillin has outstanding liver protection abilities and is an excellent anti-inflammatory food.

It also is a significant blood cholesterol reducer.

Enjoy a steaming bowl of oatmeal with a teaspoon of Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe and a dash of cinnamon for breakfast; not only will you reap the heart saving benefits of this food combination, you will help your body obtain and maintain normal weight, because both vanilla and cinnamon are packed with natural appetite suppressing and metabolism regulating properties.

The soothing, calming aroma of vanilla works like a mild sedative on the brain, alleviating insomnia and some sleep disorders.

The longer you age your homemade vanilla extract, the more concentrated it becomes, yielding more health building compounds.


Folk Medicine Wisdom

Historic and current day professional herbalists love homemade vanilla extract for its healing properties.

The combined action of high alcohol spirits and vanilla bean is inherently antimicrobial.

CAUTION!


While vanilla has no documented contraindication (common side effects and medicinal interactions), in rare cases mild allergic reactions may occur, including skin irritation, headaches and sleep reactions.

If you experience any reaction to vanilla extract, immediately discontinue use and consult your physician.

Pure vanilla extract is generally recognized as safe for pregnant and lactating women.


Treat cold sores naturally by simply soaking a sterilized cotton ball in pure vanilla extract and apply it to the cold sore 4 times per day until gone; as an anti-inflammatory, the vanilla extract will help reduce swelling making the patient more comfortable, while the antimicrobial properties kill the infection causing the cold sore.

As a natural analgesic and anesthetic, vanilla extract is an historically recognized fever reducer, and fights coughs, colds, flu, sore throats and respiratory infections; add 1 teaspoon each of Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe and granulated white sugar to a glass of tepid water, and then sip leisurely.

Feeling green?  A few drops of vanilla extract in a glass of room temperature water is as effective at calming queasy stomachs as expensive nausea medicines.

Rub some vanilla extract on sore gums and around teeth to relieve toothache and teething.

Control depression and anxiety naturally with aromatherapy by dabbing vanilla extract on the same pulse points as you do for your favorite perfume or cologne; studies show the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of vanilla extract rival that of dangerous psychotropic drugs, such as Fluoxetine, without all the disturbing side-effects (works for some people).

Speaking of perfume and cologne, vanilla extract is one of the ancient fragrances remaining highly prized in current day commercial cosmetic industries worldwide; dabbing this exotic cologne (vanilla extract) on pulse points or splashing it on as an after shave, creates an irresistibly alluring fragrance.


Make it Fun!

If you enjoy a crafty approach, purchase a vanilla extract kit for yourself, and while you are at it, buy one as a gift for your best friend, too.

Bottle your Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe in decorative decanters; amber bottles work best to protect your extract from light and ultraviolet rays.

These look beautiful on your cupboard shelf and are a joy to use.

Our Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe makes a wonderful gift for any occasion and gluten-free foodies love it!

Fasten a pretty ribbon around the neck of a decanter and print off an attractive label (remember to give credit where it is due, list the source of this recipe from Cat McMahon at GlutenFreeHomemade.com).


Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe Tips

To save money, buy vanilla beans in bulk; they can be acquired from online stores.

Purchase the freshest vanilla beans possible to reduce risk of fungus or molds, and opt for organic beans whenever possible as they yield high quality extracts without off flavors from undesirable organic compounds found in agricultural additives, such as pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

ALWAYS keep vanilla extract in an air tight glass container; plastic bottles are porous (not airtight) and will degrade the integrity of the concoction by out-gassing volatile compounds, thus producing off-tastes.

ALWAYS keep vanilla beans submerged in spirits; when vanilla beans are exposed to air they are prone to develop a toxic fungus and can spoil the extract.

Each vanilla bean variety has a unique flavor nuance and a particular vanilla bean nuance is influenced from its source, for example, a Madagascar vanilla bean sourced from Madagascar will have a different flavor nuance than the same bean variety sourced from Africa.

Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe connoisseurs keep several bottles of extracts on their shelves, some made from single source beans, and others are proprietary blends made from multiple varieties of vanilla beans.

The longer your homemade vanilla extract ripens, the better the flavor blooms.

This Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe calls for a "fifth" of gluten-free vodka, the equivalent of 1/5 of a gallon, about 3 cups or  750 ml/1.75 liters.





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Use your lovely Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe to enhance baked goods, fruit salads, steaming hot drinks and to change up the flavor nuances of sauces and salad dressings.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: about 3 cups (750 ml)

Ingredients:
- potato vodka, a fifth (750 ml) bottled in glass
- 9-10 vanilla beans

Instructions:
1. With a sharp knife, split the vanilla bean in half, leaving the caviar (seeds) intact.
2. Open the bottle of potato vodka and drop the vanilla bean halves inside.
3. Seal the bottle and shake vigorously to disperse flavors.
4. Put the bottle in a cool dark place to ripen for 8 weeks; the extract will turn amber and become very fragrant.
5. Shake vigorously about once a week during ripening and before every use.
6. Use as directed in recipes.
7. To keep perpetually, top off with vodka when needed to keep vanilla beans submerged.
8. For gift giving, dampen a coffee filter with vodka and filter your vanilla extract, transferring it to a sterilized bottle for keeping; reserve vanilla beans and dregs to use in recipes or make vanilla sugar.

Tags:
Gluten-free, Corn-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Fat-free, Low Fat, Nut-free, Paleo, Soy-free, Sugar-free, Vegan, Vegetarian




Variations

Vanilla Sugar

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Pour sugar into an airtight glass container.
  2. With a sharp knife, slice vanilla bean in half.
  3. With back of knife, scrape out caviar (seeds) into the sugar.
  4. Secure the lid on the container and shake well.
  5. Open the container and bury the vanilla bean halves in the sugar.
  6. Seal tightly with the lid.
  7. Let ripen in a cool dark place for 2 weeks before use.
  8. Shake before using.
  9. Use as directed in recipes.
  10. To keep perpetually, add dried used vanilla beans and sugar to measure.


Metric Measurements--Vanilla Sugar

Note:  use volume-based imperial/metric measuring spoons and dry measuring cups marked in milliliters; see Kitchen Equipment and Tools.

Ingredients

  • 500 ml granulated white sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Pour sugar into an airtight glass container.
  2. With a sharp knife, slice vanilla bean in half.
  3. With back of knife, scrape out caviar (seeds) into the sugar.
  4. Secure the lid on the container and shake well.
  5. Open the container and bury the vanilla bean halves in the sugar.
  6. Seal tightly with the lid.
  7. Let ripen in a cool dark place for 2 weeks before use.
  8. Shake before using.
  9. Use as directed in recipes.
  10. To keep perpetually, add dried used vanilla beans and sugar to measure.






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