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Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract


  1 clean and sterilized glass jar or bottle with tight fitting lid
1 ounce (about 6 to 8) whole vanilla beans
1 cup vodka, 80 proof (40 percent alcohol)

Cooking Instructions

1. Take a paring knife or other knife with a pointed tip and, beginning about a half inch from one end, split each bean down the middle lengthwise.

2. Pour vodka into glass container. Submerge vanilla beans completely in the vodka. Cover tightly with lid. With a marking pen, write the date on the bottom of the jar or bottle.

3. Place in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks or longer. Shake once a day during the first week, then once or twice a week thereafter. The clear vodka will gradually turn a deep brown.

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