Homemade Vanilla Extract

Total Time:
5 min
Prep:
5 min

Yield:
8 to 12 ounces extract
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 8 to 12 ounces bourbon or vodka
  • Special equipment: a 10- to 12-ounce bottle with a tight-fitting top
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Split the vanilla beans lengthwise, leaving them attached at one end. Place them in a 10- to 12-ounce bottle and cover with the liquor. Put on the top and shake vigorously. Store at room temperature for 4 weeks to let the flavor develop and mature, shaking the bottle once a week. The extract will keep at room temperature in a dark place (like your cabinet) for up to 6 months.


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