Sunday, June 8, 2014

How to make Real Vanilla Extract



In my new series named "Don't be fooled, Know your food" I'll teach you how to make an ingredient that you never thought it would be possible to make at home and you will learn all the dirty secrets behind the fabrication of this ingredient when made in massive scale.


Our generation (anybody born after the 50's actually) have a tendency to think that ingredients magically appear on shelfs of supermarkets and grocery stores. Here, every other week I'll show you how something is done from scratch and the result will be much superior and much cheaper than the industrialized versions you can find  out there.

Our regular episodes continues and this series are only going to substitute my old "Le Techniquê" episodes because it has a similar approach but are much better with me on camera- yey!

Let me know what you think and I will take your suggestions for next episodes. What do you usually buy at your grocery store that you'd love to learn how to make at home?

Love,

Ra.


29 comments:

  1. Bravetart tweeted about the homemade vanilla extract stuff a couple of months ago, she pointed out that 5 beans per 8oz (~230ml, assuming fluid ounces) alcohol wasn't enough to meet FDA minimum standards; apparently that requires around 11 beans per 9.5oz (~280ml, assuming fluid ounces).
    https://twitter.com/thebravetart/status/444161002784190464
    https://twitter.com/thebravetart/status/444161171570970624
    She also mentioned that high-proof spirits don't extract the water-soluble components of vanilla very well, and that a very small amount of sugar can help the maceration (breaking-apart) process.

    It's interesting stuff.

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    1. Great information Bruce, thank you. In this video I use the technique that I'm use to and have been using for years so to me it's safer to pass on information that I know 100% sure that works and I'll try her technique and see what happens in the next 6 months. hahahaha

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  2. Looks so easy. I don't know why anyone would ever buy it!

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  3. Thank you! That will save us lots of money, and have a much better product, also!

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  5. If possible homemade items, then that's great but it's not easy, if you have the time and inspiration to explore.

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  6. How vanilla bean paste is made?

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  11. You have a wonderful blog :D
    I have a topic suggestion/question: could you explain us something about "creaming"? Why do some recipes start by mixing sugar with butter and others by mixing sugar with eggs? Which is fluffier or what kind of results do we get with each?
    Good luck! And best regards :)

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  12. Would love to learn how to make a Dulce de Leche and Coconut Layer Cake please. (^_^)

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  13. Thanks so much! I've never really liked the flavor of the standard vanilla extracts I find in regular grocery stores and it's very hard to find vanilla beans in my area. Next time I find some, I'll definitely buy a bunch to make some vanilla extract!
    I was wondering: Can you make a video about making chocolate from scratch? I've seen a lot of tutorials about making chocolate from scratch, but a lot of them have been lacking in steps and only show the bare minimum the audience needs to know to make chocolate. It's really easy and fun to make, so I think it'd be a great topic to make a video on!

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  18. Hi Raiza,

    We love your videos soooo much, Thanks for doing them.
    So, we love this cake and we were thinking about making it as a Wedding cake. However we would like to have white frosting instead of dark brown.
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