HOW TO MAKE 4 KINDS OF VANILLA EXTRACT
2-3 vanilla beans for each bottle
Bourbon, rum, brandy or vodka liquor
(purchase in glass bottles only--plastic can leach into the liquor and will also allow the alcohol content and taste to lessen in a short time)
Bottles with tight fitting lids (The ones shown in the picture are my favorites. These can be found online,
TJ Maxx, thrift stores, etc. A pint-sized, Ball-type jar will work.)
Labels to mark type of vanilla extract and date prepared.
Sharp paring knife, kitchen scissors and funnel
Slice beans lengthwise with a sharp knife. With scissors, cut bean into one-inch pieces over the jar or bottle opening. Use of a funnel might make this a little easier. The less handling of the bean, the better.
2. Add your choice of liquor. Place lid. Label bottle. Gently shake bottle.
3. Store in a cool, dark place for 3 to
6 months. Shake bottle periodically during that time.
This homemade extract is sooo much better than store bought which many times has added water and sugar. Make several
bottles, but be sure to label each one. When a recipe calls for a teaspoon of vanilla, I generally add a TABLESPOON.