Homemade Vanilla Extract

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min (plus 1 month steeping time)
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 quart
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16 used vanilla beans, plus more if needed

One 750-milliliter bottle brandy


Special equipment:
a quart mason jar with lid
  1. Fill a quart mason jar with vanilla beans standing on end. Top up with brandy to cover the beans and seal. Let it sit for a month before using to allow the vanilla to permeate the brandy. Top up with fresh beans and brandy from time to time.