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Learn how-to make your own vanilla essence in #TechniqueTuesday with Cat and then bake some peanut butter chip cookies!


  • How to make an extract. Vanilla Essence - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by cutting the vanilla pod in half.

  • How to make an extract. Vanilla Essence - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then, split the both halves of the pod down the middle.

  • How to make an extract. Vanilla Essence - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pop the pods into your bottle.

  • How to make an extract. Vanilla Essence - Step 4
    Step 4

    Carefully top with vodka.

  • How to make an extract. Vanilla Essence - Step 5
    Step 5

    Leave to distill for two weeks.

  • How to make an extract. Vanilla Essence - Step 6
    Step 6

    As you use your essence in recipes, top up the bottle with vodka to keep a never ending supply!

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