Homemade Vanilla Extract
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Recipe courtesy of Damaris Phillips

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min (includes steeping time)
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 8 to 12 ounces extract



Special equipment:
a 10- to 12-ounce bottle with a tight-fitting top
  1. 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.