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make your own vanilla extract

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Linda Boyd Moyles Swesey
Petaluma, CA

Imagine having as much pure vanilla extract to make whatever you want for years, possibly the rest of your life! And you made it! Make it for Christmas Presents! :) Usually Pure Vanilla Extract costs about $2.50 an ounce approx.. This should cost you about $.50 an ounce and it is homemade!

(2 ratings)
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For make your own vanilla extract

  • 1 3/4 l
    vodka (cheap works well)
  • 1/2 lb
    vanilla beans (planifolia)

How To Make make your own vanilla extract

  • 1
    1 Use kitchen scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut lengthwise down each vanilla bean, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected. 2 Put vanilla beans in the actual bottle of Vodka. You may have to remove about a 1/2 of the vodka in order to get the beans to fit. Then top the bottle off with the extra vodka before sealing it up. 3 Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 6 weeks to 6 months. Lasts for years. You can keep topping it off with vodka once in a while as you use it, just remember to give it a good shake. You can also make vanilla sugar by putting a split vanilla bean into a jar of white, granulated sugar. Great way to infuse the sugar with vanilla flavor for baking.
  • 2
    Purchasing beans can be done over the internet.. I will supply you with websites. See below for links/you may hve to copy and paste the addresses to yoru browser window..