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How To Make Vanilla Extract

You can easily make your own vanilla extract at home if you plan in advance.

Difficulty Level: easy      Time Required: 4 months


Here's How:
  1. Split vanilla bean lengthwise with a sharp knife.
  2. Place in jar with 3/4 cup vodka.
  3. Be sure bean is completely covered with vodka.
  4. Seal tightly.
  5. Let stand in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 months.
  6. Shake jar occasionally during the standing time.
Tips:
  1. Extract will strengthen upon standing.
  2. Store, tightly-sealed, indefinitely in a cool, dark place.
  3. Place a few drops of vanilla extract on a cotton ball. Place in custard cup in back of refrigerator to diffuse odors.

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