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The process of soaking vanilla beans in seventy to hundred proof alcohol for more than
one quarter up to a year will result in vanilla extract. The number of beans to use
is as per the formula.
If you're hoping to make your own extract, here are some valuable guidelines for the
quantities to use.
The FDA Formula: Official formula by authorities of US. Government for
commercial production of vanilla extract encourages usage of Grade B beans. To make it a
legal vanilla extract, the company is advised to use one gram of vanilla beans for every
10ml of alcohol. A product sold as 'pure' vanilla extract must contain at least 35%
alcohol and 100g of Grade B vanilla beans per liter. We consider this an excellent place
The Orchid-Vanilla Formula: The Co-Op Formula is intended to simplify
the calculation for home cooks and Co-op members. It specifies 1oz. of vanilla beans per
1 cup of alcohol, producing a 20% stronger than the FDA requirements. This formula
allows for the Co-op's Grade A beans' increased weight and creates a richer extract in a
The Budget Formula: You can use the Budget Formula to maximize the
extract you can produce from your Grade A vanilla beans. It uses Grade A beans and has
5% more beans as compared to the FDA Formula. The increase in the percentage of beans is
due to the property of Grade A vanilla beans.
The word 'fold' describes the concentration of vanilla extract.
Single Fold: It is the standard strength usually used for baking
purposes. It is available commercially. One teaspoon of vanilla extract means single
Double and Triple Fold: The double and triple Vanilla Fold means the
strength of the extract is high. The more the folds, higher the strength. With a few
drops, you can enjoy the rich and higher intensity of the Vanilla flavor. It is
favorable for people who are Vanilla enthusiasts and enjoy the most potent flavor.
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