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Homemade Vanilla Extract

What you need: 

3 vanilla beans
6-8 ounces vodka

What you do: 

1. Split vanilla beans lengthwise so that seeds are exposed. Place in 1 (8 ounce) glass bottle with tight-fitting lid.
2. Add vodka until it reaches approximately 1" from the top. Place lid on bottle ensuring that it fits tightly.
3. Store in a cool, dark area for 2-6 months, shaking occasionally. Steep the vanilla longer if you desire a more enhanced flavor.
Did you know that you can easily make vanilla extract from the comforts of your own home? For me, the mouth-watering aroma of fresh vanilla is one that is difficult to beat. The aroma brings to mind visions of fresh baked cookies, pies and homemade vanilla ice cream. So why not make your own vanilla extract? It tastes just as good, if not better than store-bought.
Source of recipe: I got the idea from a Williams Sonoma vanilla extract kit and modified it to suit my personal tastes.

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