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DIY vanilla extract that is super easy to make
This homemade vanilla extract is great for gifts. You can replace the vodka with another liquor like bourbon for a different flavor profile.

Posted by kellypeloza from Chicago, Illinois, United States • Published See kellypeloza's 7 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Use 3 vanilla beans per 1 cup liquor. Scale the quantities up or down as much as you’d like (I made 1 1/2 quarts!).

  • Step 2

    Slice each vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape the insides a bit to loosen the good stuff, and chop the beans into 1-2 inch pieces. No need to be precise.

  • Step 3

    Combine the measured liquor and vanilla beans in the bottle(s) of your choice.

  • Step 4

    Done! Let sit in a dark, cool place for 2-3 months before using. Shake the bottles every few days.

  • Step 5

    When the vanilla is ready, it will be dark brown in color. Use as directed in any recipe.

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