Vanilla Extract

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Submitted by Sam_I_Am.

I was reading about extracts, and figured it was an easy way to work vodka into the meal. :) Plus now I have almost two CUPS of great vanilla extract, getting stronger every day. (It essentially keeps forever.)

  • 4 Vanilla Beans
  • 2 C Vodka

You can get great vanilla beans mail-order. You can get great vodka on the bottom shelf of your liquor store. (Or at least vodka good enough for extracts. :))

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Note that I used an old sherry bottle. Again, I don't think this actually counts as an inclusion of alcohol in the dish. :)

Split the beans to quarters or even eights. Add to the vodka and steep for a week. Shake once a day or so, to help the seeds separate.

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Strain as much as you want to use. You can strain the whole bottle if you like, but it's only going to get better with time. A week should be enough to start using, though.

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