What You'll Need:
1 - 800 ml mason jar
1 cup - vodka
12 grade B (extract grade) vanilla beans
Put the lid and the jar in a sauce pan with about 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Carefully pour the boiling water into the jar and let sit for 15 minutes. This will sterilize the jar. Very carefully wrap a towel around the jar and dump out the water. Before starting the following steps, be sure the jar is completely dry.
Measure out the vodka and pour into your jar.
Split your vanilla beans length-wise,, only going halfway through to keep the beans intact. Cut each bean into 3 pieces.
Put all of your beans into your jar of vodka making sure all beans are covered.
Label the jar with the date. Put the jar in a dark cool place and age for 2 months. About once or twice a week, give the jar a few good shakes. In 2 months you will have amazing vanilla extract, better than any store bought I promise.
|Some of my extract after a little over two months|
You can use the extract after 1 month but the longer it ages, the better it will be.
Though 12 beans will make a decent extract, I like to use 20 beans per cup of alcohol. The more beans you add, the better the extract.
You'll notice I said to use grade B (extract grade) beans. Grade B beans are very dry and they don't look as attractive as grade A beans. The flavor however, is not affected and the low moisture in the bean is ideal for extract.
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