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Homemade Vanilla Extract


  • 5 Madagascar grade b vanilla beans makes sure it's grade b
  • 1 cup vodka (or bourbon, brandy or rum)


  • Split vanilla beans down the middle leaving about 1/2 inch at each end and cut the bean in half.
  • Add to a clean sterile jar.
  • Pour in the vodka and seal jar.
  • Give it a good shake.
  • Store in a dark cool place for about 6 - 8 weeks or longer. (The longer the better)
  • Once or twice a week give the jar a good shaking.
  • You can remove the beans and strain it to get the store-bought look or just leave the beans in there to continue to mature.