Vanilla Extract

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2-3 fair trade vanilla beans
  • 1 clean glass jar, tightly fitted lid

Pure vanilla extract always tastes better than imitation extract – but is often more expensive. The way around that puzzle is to make it yourself – it’s cheaper and the flavor will be more vibrant.

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The prep time needed to make vanilla extract is minimal – 3 minutes tops. It can’t be used right away though, so be prepared to let the jar of vanilla extract sit in a cool, dark place, for at least 3-4 weeks before you use it.

Ensure that you have a clean jar with a tightly fitting lid. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise starting the incision a ½ inch from each end. Drop the vanilla beans into the jar and pour at least 1 cup of vodka on top to infuse. Fully submerge the vanilla beans into the liquid and set aside. Shake the vanilla extract once a week while it’s developing.

The vanilla extract will start to darken and look like what we expect vanilla extract to look like within a week or so (see the photos below). When it’s ready, use in cookies and other baked goods, and for delicious spiced paleo pancakes.

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About chelseaeva

recipe developer, nutrition guru, food policy geek.
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5 Responses to Vanilla Extract

  1. lucyfalls says:

    Had to leave a note to say I have never seen a recipe for vanilla extract before. So… cool!

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  4. Mark says:

    What happens to the alcohol? In recovery, didn’t know booze was involved. I know you only use it in teaspoons at a time, but still, wonder about the alcohol content?

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