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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Do you have a bottle of vodka on hand? Of course you do.  Who doesn't have vodka in their house?  It's like a kitchen staple, right?  Right.  

For this all you need is vodka (cheap is good in this situation) and some vanilla beans.  Don't go to your grocery store and buy vanilla beans because you're going to spend out the wazoo for them.  I found mine at amazon and they were priced pretty reasonably for what you get.

Super complicated directions as follows:

I took 4 half pint mason jars and put 3 whole vanilla beans (you want to slice them about 3/4 down the bean down the middle but make sure not to cut all the way through the bean) in them.  I filled it to the 1/2 inch head space line with vodka and put the tops on.  You want to keep them in a cool, dry place and make sure to shake them once a week.  After about 3 months you should have some vanilla extract! Strain and put it in a cute little jar and VOILA! 

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