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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract requires only TWO ingredients and you will be so happy with the way it flavors your baked goods. Great for gift-giving!
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
56 days
Total Time: 56 days 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Megan
Cost: $30

Equipment

  • 8 oz jar

Ingredients

  • 4 vanilla beans each split lengthwise (use Grade B Bourbon or Madagascar beans for a classic flavor; use Mexican beans for a spicier flavor)
  • 8 oz jar or bottle with screw-on lid, washed
  • 8 oz vodka 80 proof, NOT premium quality

Instructions

  • Place the vanilla beans into the washed jar/bottle. Add 8 oz. of vodka and seal tightly with lid.
  • Let sit for eight weeks, shaking contents once/day. After eight weeks, strain through a coffee filter and pour the extract back into the jar/bottle. Use in baked goods, as directed!

Notes

Vanilla beans, vodka and a bit of patience are the only things required to make extract come alive. It is super easy to find vanilla beans for purchase online. Use Grade B Bourbon or Madagascar beans for a classic vanilla extract flavor.
If you're looking for a spicier flavor, use Mexican vanilla beans. No need to go top-shelf with the vodka, either. Buy bottom-shelf 80 proof vodka and you'll be set.
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