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Vanilla Extract

Pure vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla beans in a solution of ethyl alcohol and water.

Natural vanilla flavoring is derived from real vanilla beans with little to no alcohol. The maximum amount of alcohol that is usually present is only 2–3%. Imitation vanilla extract contains vanillin, made either from guaiacol or from lignin, a byproduct of the wood pulp industry.

Vanilla extract is also made from a solution containing the flavor compound vanillin as the primary ingredient. A flavorant made from vanilla bean extract. It is a solution containing not less than 35% alcohol of the components extracted from one or more units of vanilla constituent. One unit is 0.378 kg of vanilla beans containing not more than 25% moisture.

A double-strength solution (twofold) contains twice the quantity of beans. It is used in desserts, baked goods, and beverages.

See also Vanilla essence & Vanilla Sugar

Uses of Vanilla Extract:

Freshen up the fridge:
Wipe down the inside of the fridge with vanilla extract. To prolong the fresh vanilla scent, soak a cotton ball or a piece of sponge with vanilla extract and leave it in the refrigerator.

Deodorize your microwave:
Pour a little vanilla extract in a bowl and microwave on High for one minute. Now, that’s better.

Neutralize the smell of fresh paint:
If you would rather not have the unpleasant smell of fresh paint in your house, mix 1 tablespoon vanilla extract into the paint can when you open it. The house will smell delicious!

Sweeten the smell of your home:
Put a drop or two of vanilla extract on a lightbulb, turn on the light, and your house will be filled with the appealing scent of baked goods in the oven.

Repel bugs:
Everybody likes the smell of vanilla. Everybody but bugs, that is. Dilute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract with 1 cup water and wipe the mixture on your exposed skin to discourage mosquitoes, blackflies, and ticks.

Relieve minor burns:
You accidentally grabbed a hot pot or got splattered with grease in the kitchen. Grab the vanilla extract for quick pain relief. The evaporation of the alcohol in the vanilla extract cools the burn.

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Nutrition Data for Vanilla extract (02050)

NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 tsp1 tbsp1 cup
Water52.58 g2.20836 g6.8354 g109.3664 g
Energy288 kcal12.096 kcal37.44 kcal599.04 kcal
Protein0.06 g0.00252 g0.0078 g0.1248 g
Total lipid (fat)0.06 g0.00252 g0.0078 g0.1248 g
Carbohydrate, by difference12.65 g0.5313 g1.6445 g26.312 g
Fiber, total dietary0 g0 g0 g0 g
Sugars, total12.65 g0.5313 g1.6445 g26.312 g
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 tsp1 tbsp1 cup
Calcium, Ca11 mg0.462 mg1.43 mg22.88 mg
Iron, Fe0.12 mg0.00504 mg0.0156 mg0.2496 mg
Magnesium, Mg12 mg0.504 mg1.56 mg24.96 mg
Phosphorus, P6 mg0.252 mg0.78 mg12.48 mg
Potassium, K148 mg6.216 mg19.24 mg307.84 mg
Sodium, Na9 mg0.378 mg1.17 mg18.72 mg
Zinc, Zn0.11 mg0.00462 mg0.0143 mg0.2288 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 tsp1 tbsp1 cup
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg
Thiamin0.011 mg0.000462 mg0.00143 mg0.02288 mg
Riboflavin0.095 mg0.00399 mg0.01235 mg0.1976 mg
Niacin0.425 mg0.01785 mg0.05525 mg0.884 mg
Vitamin B-60.026 mg0.001092 mg0.00338 mg0.05408 mg
Folate, DFE0 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin B-120 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin A, RAE0 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin A, IU0 IU0 IU0 IU0 IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)0 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin D0 IU0 IU0 IU0 IU
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)0 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 tsp1 tbsp1 cup
Fatty acids, total saturated0.01 g0.00042 g0.0013 g0.0208 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated0.01 g0.00042 g0.0013 g0.0208 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0.004 g0.000168 g0.00052 g0.00832 g
Cholesterol0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 tsp1 tbsp1 cup
Caffeine0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page
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