Homemade Vanilla Extract

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Introduction: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Make your own vanilla extract - using those vanilla pods that you have used for custard! This extract is far nicer than the synthetic flavourings you can buy in the shops, and a fraction of the cost of shop-bought extract! This makes an excellent gift when packaged up in pretty bottles - and it would make a lovely wedding favor!

Step 1: Ingredients

Vanilla pods

Brandy or vodka

Step 2: Steep the Vanilla Pods

Pack the pieces of vanilla pod into a small bottle. Fill the bottle with vodka or brandy. Store in a cool dry place for several months.

Step 3: The Finished Extract

Strain off the liquid through paper towels. Now you have your own vanilla extract!

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    I have been making this for years for xmas gifts. My method is slightly different. I use a 750 ml of the cheapest vodka I can find, buy my beans off Amazon, cut them into 1/2" long pieces (I don't strip the center out) and put in the vodka bottle. For the next 2 months every time I walk by I tip the bottle over (stand on neck, stand on base). In 2 months I use my fine metal strainer into a big measure cup then pour into small bottles for gifts.

    The only reason you strain it is to get the pods out. The little black specks are just from the inside of the pod. It is the vanilla "Beans" or specks that gives the flavor.

    A coffee filter would probably work great for this job. In fact, just pour the extract into the filter in your coffeemaker, don't turn it on of course. Put the pot underneath and let the extract run through the filter into the pot. Then pour from the pot into the bottle.

    Every Time you use it do you need to strain ?