How can you make vanilla or any extract/essence without using alcohol?

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  1. iamahmedsaad

    iamahmedsaad

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    I get these great vanilla pods from an incredible source from Belgium because I work in a chocolate factory. I was experimenting with making some extract but I don't want to use alcohol. How else can I use these great vanilla pods to make vanilla extract and/or essence?
     
  2. dobzre

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    make a vanilla simple syrup. Microwave the beans or steam them just enough to liquefy the seeds then squeeze them into the syrup. The strength of the syrup is up to you.
     
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  3. iamahmedsaad

    iamahmedsaad

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    Thanks Dobzre,

    Just a couple more questions:

    What do you think is a good ratio of water : sugar : vanilla bean? I want it to have the potency of an actual extract.

    What temp do you think I should take the simple syrup to so it can have a consistency I can work with?

    Do I just squeeze the seed once its liquified or should I use the whole bean?
     
  4. ed buchanan

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    Take some vanilla pods split them and put them in a container of granulated sugar for a few weeks and you have vanilla sugar which you can use . Keep in mind the alcohol present in a lot of extract helps preserve  the flavor in the bottle.
     
  5. dobzre

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    a basic 50/50 ratio is fine, once hot you cut off one end and the seeds should pour out like liquid. I would make the stuff as intense as possible because... I just love potency HA! as well as it may alter very small/exact recipes (macarons for example) if it isn't potent enough.