How To Use Vanilla Extract

How To Use Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is a concentrated flavour made by soaking vanilla beans in a solution of alcohol and water. It is commonly used as a flavouring in baking and cooking, and can be added to a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

To use vanilla extract, you can simply add a few drops to your recipe. It is typically added to sweet dishes like cakes, cookies, ice cream, yoghurt and puddings, but it can also be used to add a subtle depth of flavour to savory dishes like marinades and sauces.

 

Here are a few tips for using vanilla extract:

 

1. Start with a small amount.

A little bit of vanilla extract goes a long way, so start with a small amount and taste as you go. You can always add more if needed.

2. Add it at the right time.

In baking recipes, vanilla extract is typically added along with the other liquid ingredients. In savory recipes, you can add it towards the end of cooking to preserve its delicate flavor.

3. Choose a good quality extract.

Look for a vanilla extract that is made with real vanilla beans and has a strong, rich aroma. Avoid artificial vanilla flavourings, as they often lack the depth and complexity of real vanilla extract.

4. Store it properly.

Vanilla extract should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It has a long shelf life, but over time the flavor may start to fade, so it's best to use it within a year or two of purchasing it.

5. Happy Baking!! 😃

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