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Pure Vanilla Extract

Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 42 d


  • 2 2-quart jars
  • Canning funnel
  • Paring knife
  • Liquid Measuring Cup
  • Strainer / sieve
  • Cheese cloth
  • Small funnel
  • 4 oz ladel
  • Several 4-oz Bostom Round amber colored jars


  • 2 cups vodka (don't get the bottom shelf, mid-call or higher)
  • 6 each vanilla beans (sliced lengthwise, leaving one inch at the top, in tact)
  • 2 tpbs spiced rum (Sailor Jerry's works fine)


  • Slice the beans you will use lengthwise, leaving one inch at the top
  • Pour vodka into a 2-quart mason jar
  • Insert beans in jar, gently applying pressure with a spoon to ensure they stay submerged
  • Add spiced rum to give coloring and add a touch of sweetness
  • Let sit for at least six weeks to two months
  • Strain, I use a mess colander and cheese cloth last time and it worked wonderfully
  • Pour into smaller containers, I use 4 oz amber, Boston rounds
  • Enjoy & Gift away!