Homemade Vanilla Extract

Makes about 1 cup of extract



3-4 vanilla beans (recommended: Madagascar, Bourbon)

About 1 cup vodka (recommended: Svedka)

Glass bottle with a tight fitting cap



Use kitchen scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut each vanilla bean in half, then lengthwise down each bean, opening them up.

Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting cap. Cover completely with the vodka.

Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a cool, dark cabinet.

This lasts for years. You can keep topping it off with vodka once in a while as you use it, just remember to give it a good shake. Eventually, add some fresh vanilla beans.



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