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How to make vanilla extract

Store bought vanilla is often has additives and "filler" ingredients. It's easy to make a pure vanilla extract at home.

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INGREDIENTS
Split and scrape the inside of each pod. The black paste is actually thousands of seeds.

Split and scrape the inside of each pod. The black paste is actually thousands of seeds.

Put the scraped paste and pods into the mason jar. Cover with vodka.

Put the scraped paste and pods into the mason jar. Cover with vodka.

Seal and store in a cool dark cupboard. Give it a shake once a week for the first month. The liquid will get darker. Flavor is best after 3 to 6 months. Top with more vodka as you use it.

  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • Small mason jar
  • Paring knife