Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Extract


My mom sent me vanilla beans so I could make my own vanilla extract.  I found a very easy recipe here.  So today, I made vanilla extract.

Ingredients:

1 bottle of 80 proof vodka (I do not think it has to be the really good stuff)
12 vanilla beans

Remove approximately 1/4 cup of the vodka from the bottle.  With a sharp knife (I used a sharp cleaver) slice the vanilla beans lengthwise.  Add the the vodka in the bottle.  Shake and put in a cool dark place for approximately 2 to 3 months.  The instructions indicate that we should shake the bottle at least once a week.

All this extract will surely come in handy for cookie making season...i.e.  Christmas!

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