Vanilla beans

Never spend 10 dollars on “real” vanilla extract again. Make it at home with just three simple ingredients. You’ll get a cheaper product that tastes and smells far superior to any store-bought brand. Plus, the stuff will last virtually forever.

Ingredients:

1 cup 80 proof vodka

8 whole, dried vanilla beans

1 tinted jar, old beer bottle perhaps

Method:

Place 1 cup vodka in desired jar or jars. Using a very sharp knife (easy, killer), slice each vanilla bean down the middle. Place beans inside jar and close tightly. Store in a cool place (and dark, if your jars are clear) for one month, shaking jar gently every now and then. The vanilla extract will continue to mature for about 6 full months—over that time, you’ll see the color of your extract turn a darker shade of amber. It’s beautiful!

This delicious stuff will last forever, or at least until you use it all up in your next batch of homemade vanilla ice cream. Enjoy, chefs, enjoy.

Note: Because you follow an organic lifestyle, OrganicAuthority.com recommends using certified organic ingredients, when available, in all recipes to maximize flavors and minimize your risk of exposure to pesticides, chemicals and preservatives.

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