December 1, 2011

Vanilla Extract

In preparation for holiday gift-giving, I have started making a huge amount of vanilla extract! It's really the easiest thing in the world to make...and it's something that just about everyone uses at one point  or another.
It only requires 2 ingredients: vodka and whole vanilla beans, plus about a month of wait time.
I bought a 1-liter bottle of vodka and 6 vanilla beans.
Cut the vanilla beans into pieces and split them open to expose the seeds (I'm assuming they're seeds?) and drop them into the bottle of vodka. Then just let that bottle sit in a cupboard for at least a month, giving it a gentle shake every once in a while..
I'm going to strain out the seeds and bean bits before putting it in smaller bottles for gifts.

Super easy!!

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