Thursday, August 4, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Extract

This is the start of Homemade Vanilla Extract. This will last for years as you just keep topping it off with vodka and giving it a good shake.

3 vanilla beans
1 cup vodka
glass jar with tight fitting lid

Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid (mason jars work well). Cover completely with the vodka.
Use kitchen scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut lengthwise down each vanilla bean, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected. ( I messed up and cut the wrong way but it still turned out good)
Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer. Then it is ready to use.

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