Making your own vanilla extract isn't as crazy as it seems. Did you know that extracts are really just hooch, hopped up on massive quantities of vanilla? I did not. Apparently, during Prohibition, people would actually drink vanilla extract. I do not recommend this. I do, however, recommend making a quick and easy batch of vanilla extract that you can keep on hand in your pantry and use for making all of your baked good extra scrumptious. Homemade vanilla extract is not only more tasty and less preservatives than store bought, it is also a fraction of the price. Win-win. It is also easy to double, triple, etc. this recipe, so it makes a great gift. Especially if you want to repay some lovely ladies who threw you a super fabulous bridal shower this past weekend. Just saying!
2 cups vodka
5 whole vanilla beans
medium mason jar
1. You want to start with nice, clean jars. Fresh from the dishwasher or by hand with hot soapy water is sufficient.
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