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Vanilla Bean Paste and Vanilla Extract



3 bottle(s)

  • 250 grams vanilla pods, Organic if possible
  • 750 grams raw sugar.
  • 750 grams water
  • 1/2 --- lemon or lime juice
  • 1 bottle vodka, 30-40% alcohol, inexpensive is fine.
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Recipe's preparation

  1. Split all the pods in half scraping the beans into a separate bowl 

    place sugar in TM bowl 20sec speed 9

    Add water and cook 100degrees 6min sp4

    add all the vanilla pods and the scraped out beans to the TM bowl. With the juice of half a lemon or lime.  cook 100 degrees 4min  sp3 ( note:lemon is not for flavour, but to assist in not crystallising the mixture)

    then mix for a further 6min  sp 4 to allow to cool slightly  and infuse.

    while this heavenly mixture is cooling, fill 2 bottles with vodka leaving enough room for some pods to go in.

    after the 6minutes,  place 4-6 of the cooked pods into the bottles filled with vodka and seal. Place in dark cupboard for 8-12 weeks before use. Use in recipes calling for vanilla extract or essence.  You can decant into a smaller bottle once infused and Top up the main bottles with alcohol as required every 12 months or so using the same pods.

    the remaining (750ml) liquid in your TM bowl is Vanilla Paste. Place this liquid and all of the pods into a well sealed jar or bottle, pour a small amount of the beany liquid into a very small jar, and use a teaspoon in your favourite recipes like custards, cakes and desserts for the extra special vanilla flavour with the speckle of vanilla beans.  The main paste bottle will intensify over time and can be topped up with a sugar syrup when needed (after approx 8-12 months)



Organic Vanilla Pods can be sourced online, I purchased mine for $49.95 which has yielded 750 ml vanilla paste and 1L Vanilla Extract. Comparing to supermarket prices, this is very economical. I would suggest that this amount would be enough for 18-24months baking.

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  • Hi, What size/type of bottles

    Submitted by Summer52 on 10. November 2014 - 16:02.


    What size/type of bottles are used?


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  • I found this a little watery,

    Submitted by honestly on 22. October 2014 - 22:19.

    I found this a little watery, definitely didn't make paste.

    i had way too many vanilla pods for 1 bottle vodka.

    isnt a winner for me , sorry

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  • I just made this now- quicker

    Submitted by Thermomums Krissy on 1. February 2014 - 15:34.

    I just made this now- quicker and easier than the last recipe I used, so I'll comment later (if I remember) about the comparison to it when I can start using it. Oh, I also only had 30g Vanilla Beans, so I used 1/3 quantities to make a small jar- just under 200ml. I'll get online and order up more vanilla beans for next time!
    Does the paste thicken upon storage?
    Thanks Family Food!

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  • Tastes great but my paste is

    Submitted by diabel on 5. December 2013 - 11:42.

    Tastes great but my paste is very liquid, not sure what I did wrong. Thanks

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  • If you split the vanilla

    Submitted by Liem on 18. July 2013 - 11:16.

    If you split the vanilla beans lengthwise, take a blunt knife and scrape down the length of the  bean. it takes no more than 30 seconds a pod. you would not process the whole bean as you take the bean out to put in the vodka and use the seed mixture to make the vanilla bean paste.

    I have put this on my to do list. I have made vanilla essence before just by adding vanilla pods split lengthwise and with seeds still in to a bottle of vodka. The longer you let it infuse the better.  Have not made paste so keen to try with the vanilla beans we buy in Bali - about $5 for 20. 


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  • Just wondering why you don't

    Submitted by Carley_V on 11. July 2013 - 18:55.

    Just wondering why you don't mill the whole bean instead of scraping out the seeds (how long did that take!?)  tmrc_emoticons.)

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