This truly is the gift that will keep on giving. DIY homemade vanilla extract is so easy to make and less expensive by volume than store-bought bottles. Let the extract sit for at least a month before using or gifting. The extract can last indefinitely, and once the bottle is empty, you can dry the pods out and add them to a jar of sugar for homemade vanilla-infused sugar.
How to Make It
Put split vanilla beans in a glass container that has a tight lid or seal. Pour vodka in the container, making sure to fully submerge the beans. Close containers tightly. Let sit in cool, dry place for at least a month. The color and flavor will get stronger with time.
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Check on bottles weekly, and gently shake them to help the infusion process.