gluten free vanilla extract
Posted: 09 January 2009 01:26 PM   [ Ignore ]
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My 22 year old son has just developed gluten intolerance.  I’m a chef, baker and instructor but over Christmas I cheated and used gluten free packet mixes and bought bread to substitute for wheat products.  Quite honestly, most were appalling so I am working on adapting my baked goods (all from scratch ) to gluten free. Plenty of people have already expressed interest in fresh baked gluten free goods.  I’ve already been successful with corn muffins, scones and almond tart. next stop pizza.  My question is gluten free vanilla extract.  Pure vanilla extract is based on alcohol.  I was thinking of soaking vanilla pod in sherry wine and using it teaspoon at a time in place of alcohol based vanilla.  My other thought was to grind left over vanilla pod with granulated sugar but was not sure how successful this would be and proportions of sugar to vanilla pod, as well as proportion of sherry wine to vanilla pod and how long to leave it soak before using it.

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Posted: 09 January 2009 02:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thanks for reply.  But alcohol is made from grain so it normally does contain wheat/gluten.  Even vodka that used to be made from potatoes is normally made from grain alcohol now, be it wheat, barley or rye, all of which contain gluten.  I know from various gf friends that they have different tolerances for alcohol in food.  My son now has potato based vodka, Budweiser and others do gf beers, and tequila is safe as well as wine.  Where he is so newly diagnosed it is very important to be rigid in using safe products and even more so if I am making gf baked goods for clients.

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Posted: 16 August 2009 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Oonagh - 09 January 2009 05:26 PM

My 22 year old son has just developed gluten intolerance.  I’m a chef, baker and instructor but over Christmas I cheated and used gluten free packet mixes and bought bread to substitute for wheat products.  Quite honestly, most were appalling so I am working on adapting my baked goods (all from scratch ) to gluten free. Plenty of people have already expressed interest in fresh baked gluten free goods.  I’ve already been successful with corn muffins, scones and almond tart. next stop pizza.  My question is gluten free vanilla extract.  Pure vanilla extract is based on alcohol.  I was thinking of soaking vanilla pod in sherry wine and using it teaspoon at a time in place of alcohol based vanilla.  My other thought was to grind left over vanilla pod with granulated sugar but was not sure how successful this would be and proportions of sugar to vanilla pod, as well as proportion of sherry wine to vanilla pod and how long to leave it soak before using it.

Dear Oonagh,

sorry to hear about your son’s sudden intolerance to gluten free products.
One of our customers whose daughter has got the same conditions as your son has a very interesting blog that you may want to check but I also wanted to let you know about our website: http://www.vanillabazaar.com
Feel free to have a look and I hope you find products of interest to you and your son.

All the best and kind regards
Vanillagirl.

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Posted: 07 October 2010 07:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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this article cleared up the whole vanilla ordeal for me.
http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/2006/11/dark-brown-joys-of-vanilla-extract.html

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