Homemade Vanilla Extract
A great Vanilla Extract is a foundational flavour ingredient for many desserts. Here’s how you can easily - and economically - make it at home!
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Cups of extract
good quality vodka*
Cut vanilla beans in half, lengthwise.
Place in a sterilized glass jar or bottle, cover with vodka.
Store in a cool dark place for 2 – 4 months, giving the jar an occasional shake.
Strain out the vanilla beans and bottle the extract in sterilized jars or bottles.
*If you so desire, try using a less-than-neutral spirit for a more complex taste. Rum, Bourbon, Brandy – all can produce an interesting variation on vanilla extract!