I bought the vanilla beans online at Beanilla. This was so much cheaper than buying them in the grocery store. I found the amber bottles online at Specialty Bottle.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
10 Madagascar vanilla beans
1 liter clear vodka (You can use any brand, but I just had to buy this Texas vodka.)
Split the vanilla beans lengthwise.
Place in bottle of vodka and reseal. Give it a shake and store in a cool, dark spot such as a kitchen cabinet for at least three weeks.
Take the bottle out and shake it every week. I would leave it in the cabinet for three to six months, continuing to shake it every week. If you use the vanilla straight from the large bottle just replace with more vodka.
I am taking these to our family reunion for the silent auction, so I'm dividing the extract into smaller bottles. Use a coffee filter to line a funnel. This is the catch any sediment and seeds.
Fill each bottle, add a vanilla bean, if you want, and label. I made the labels on Microsoft Word, and taped them on the bottles.
A 1 liter bottle of vodka filled three 4-ounce and two 8-ounce bottles.
I think I'll make my chocolate chip cookies for the auction, and pack the cookies, vanilla extract, and the cookie recipe in a cute basket. I'll post the cookie recipe later.
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