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Your Own Vanilla Extract

Now ordinarily you would have to make this recipe and let it sit for 6 weeks, but I have successfully made this the following way and it has turned out with the exact same results. Make sure you use a vodka that has no odd smell to it. There are some inexpensive vodkas that don't have a foul odor and many that do, just ask someone for help if you don't know. I will tell you that I have always used Fleischmanns's vodka. Even though I can buy much more expensive vodka, this brand is perfect.

Ingredients

For 4 people

Recipe

  • 12 vanilla beans
  • 1 quart(s) vodka
  • glass jar with tight fitting lid

Your Own Vanilla Extract Directions

  1. Now ordinarily you would have to make this recipe and let it sit for 6 weeks, but I have successfully made this the following way and it has turned out with the exact same results. I know that vanilla beans are expensive but when you weigh the cost with the amount you would be getting, you are still saving a truckload of money.
  2. Make sure you use a vodka that has no odd smell to it. There are some inexpensive vodkas that don't have a foul odor and many that do, just ask someone for help if you don't know. I will tell you that I have always used Fleischmanns's vodka. Even though I can buy much more expensive vodka, this brand is perfect.
  3. Take a knife or scissors and split each pod down the middle lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds into a 2 qt. slow cooker, along with the vodka and the pods themselves. Over low heat, let this simmer for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool for 3 hours in refrigerator. Once cooled, pour into a 2 qt. glass container and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Shake and put somewhere with no light for 3 weeks, shaking every couple of days.
  4. After 3 weeks, remove, strain through a cheesecloth into mason jars and decorate as desired. Just remember to give it a good shake before using.
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