Time to make some vanilla extract! Making Vanilla Extract at home is so easy!  Once you’ve combined the vodka and vanilla beans you have to let it sit for 4-6 months before it is ready. If you make a batch now it will be ready to give as gifts at Christmas time. To start your batch you will need the following:

A large jar (a gallon or less, depending on how much extract you plan to make)
Vodka (the inexpensive stuff is fine)
Vanilla Beans (which I order through Olive Nation)

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Vanilla Beans

Kitchen Shears

Begin by cutting though each bean lengthwise, leaving about an inch at the top of each bean so they stay together.

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Cut vanilla bean.

Place all your beans into your jar.

Fill the jar with vodka.

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Homemade Vanilla Extract in the works.

Put the lid on and store in a dark place for 4-6 months. Occasionally check the jar and give it a shake.

Once the time period has passes, strain out the vanilla beans using a coffee filter lined colander. Bottle the extract in dark amber bottles and you’re ready to give it as gifts and start cooking with it yourself!

For 1 gallon of vodka use 80 vanilla beans.
For ½ gallon of vodka (1.75l) use 40 beans.
For 1 quart of vodka use 20 vanilla beans.

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