Normally I would avoid playing with alcohol before Noon, but when playing with alcohol will give me a nice homemade vanilla extract in a few months, I cannot say no!
What you need to make vanilla extract:
One bottle of vodka, any brand will do really. As you can see, I had this one all ready to take to the park with me this afternoon, but the thought of my own vanilla extract made me ditch that idea (shame I wasted a paper bag):
Six vanilla beans (I have tahitian vanilla beans onhand, got them for a great price off the internet, shop around, you can find them too!):
Split your vanilla beans down the length like so:
Place the beans in a glass jar of some sort (I used a pint jar):
Pour vodka over to cover and let sit to steep for at least two months in a cool dark place (covered tightly, shaking it up once in awhile). The longer it sits, the stronger it will be come. Great for cookies (or I suppose you could make your own vanilla vodka with a few less beans just placed straight in the bottle and steeped until it is the flavor you like)!
*Note the vanilla beanie goodness in every fleck floating!
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