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Homemade Vanilla Extract

2 Madagascar vanilla beans

12 oz vodka

Slice the vanilla pods, scrape out the beans and set aside.

Cut the pods into 1-2 inch pieces.

In a 2 cup mason jar or bottle, add the vodka, vanilla beans and pods.

Seal the jar tightly and give it a good shake.

Place the jar in a dark place, it is important that the jar be away from sunlight.

Shake the jar once a day for a week and then once a week for 3 months. Then shake the jar once a month for another 3 months.

After 6 months your vanilla should be ready for use.

If you would like to make Christmas gifts, use:

21 vanilla beans

1.75 liters of vodka

Empty ½ of the vodka into another empty vodka bottle and add the beans and pods, split evenly, to the vodka bottles. Seal, shake and store in a dark place.

Follow the same shaking method and fermenting time. Divide amongst small 4 oz brown bottles, decorate and give as gifts. Your friends and family will love it!

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