Vanilla extract is a simple mixture of alcohol and vanilla beans. Over time, the vanilla beans macerate in the alcohol and create the wonderful extract that we use in most of our baking recipes. Vanilla extract is actually very easy to make at home, and I do it all the time. All you need is a bottle of vodka and two or three high quality vanilla beans. Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise so that the seeds are exposed but the bean is not cut completely in half. Put the beans into the vodka bottle and shake to mix. Place the bottle in a dark place and store it for at least two months, shaking the bottle at least once a week. Once the liquid is dark and the vodka is infused, your vanilla extract is ready to use.
For more information on making your own vanilla extract, check out these Baker’s Tips from The Kitchn.Pin It