How To Make Homemade Vanilla

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What makes homemade vanilla extract so much better than "store bought"? First, you have control over the quality and type of vanilla used in the extract. Using premium grade vanilla beans will provide significantly better flavor and aroma than commercially produced extracts. It is also now possible to make vanilla extract from different types of vanilla beans, each of which has a unique flavor!

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-jar/bottles of choice
-vanilla beans in your favorite variety (rule of thumb is 5 beans per 1 cup of alcohol)
-vodka, but you can also use bourbon, rum or brandy

Directions Step-By-Step

Use a knife to split the bean in half, leave about ½ inch at each end intact.
Put your vanilla beans in your glass bottle or jar and cover with vodka.
Close jar or bottle and store in a cool, dry place for at least 8 weeks. Give the bottle a shake every week or so. As you use the vanilla, simply add in more liquor to replace what you have used.

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