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                         HOME-MADE VANILLA EXTRACT
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Holiday
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2                    Whole vanilla beans
    1 1/2   c            Vodka (the cheap-o stuff
                         -works just fine)
      1/2   c            Water
    1       c            Granulated sugar
   Anyone interested in a recipe for home-made vanilla
   extract?  It makes a fun gift for Christmas, packaged
   in a small jar with ribbon around neck, included
   recipe for same, a bag of brownie or cookie mix which
   requires vanilla and a brownie pan.  It IS
   alcohol-based. Perhaps someone has another recipe for
   one that does not require alcohol? Could this be one
   of those “chemistry” things again?  I apologize for
   typing this in as I still haven't made friends with my
   software but folks who know how to doctor it to adapt
   to their recipe pgm. will find it a tasty and CHEAP,
   CHEAP, CHEAP Holiday idea. Better start it now,
   though! It takes about 7 weeks to “steep” it but you
   can fudge a little on that timing, I'm sure.
   In a 3 cup glass container with a tight fitting lid,
   combine vanilla beans with the vodka.  Cap and allow
   to “steep” at room temperature for three weeks.
   Remove vanilla beans and strain liquid through a
   cheesecloth, if necessary.  In a medium saucepan,
   combine water and sugar, stirring constantly, until it
   comes to a boil and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat
   and cool.  Stir into vodka that has been strained.
   Pour mixture into a bottle; cap and allow to sit at
   room temperature one month. Yield:2 cups vanilla
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