The Amateur Chemist

Extract Vanillan from Vanilla


I will upload a much better article later, but for now,  a quick synopsis should suffice. Basically, we are going to use the dichloromethane we extracted from paint stripper in a previous experiment to extract the vanilla from regular cheap vanilla. The cheapest stuff you can find usually works the best. 

You basically just pour the vanilla into a separatory funnel along with a certain amount of DCM, shake, ventilating often, and then drain off the DCM. Do this a couple of times, collecting all of the DCM. Boil it down to concentrate it, then get the vanillan from it.