Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredients:

Bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid or cork
1–3 fresh vanilla beans
Vodka (preferably OYO Honey Bean Vanilla Vodka)

Photo by Catherine Murray

Photo by Catherine Murray

Directions:

Keeping the vanilla bean intact, make two slices to open up the bean. Place the bean in the bottle, 1 bean for smaller bottles, 2–3 beans for larger bottles. Fill with vodka. Store in a dark place for 2–3 weeks. Use this extract in any recipe calling for vanilla. This handcrafted vanilla extract is like a fine wine—it matures nicely with age.