Introduction: Homemade Vanilla Extract

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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

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Vanilla pods

Brandy or vodka

Step 2: Steep the Vanilla Pods

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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

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


NicoleH10 (author)2015-09-11

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.

Billster36 (author)2015-08-31

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.

AngelaD12 (author)2015-08-30

Every Time you use it do you need to strain ?

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