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Vanilla Extract

A gift always gets extra points if it's homemade. Start now and you can have vanilla extract on hand, ready to bestow on lucky bakers in December.

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Everyday Food, November 2012


  • Vanilla beans
  • Vodka


  1. Slice vanilla beans lengthwise and cover with vodka (use 1 cup for every 2 beans). Seal and store in a cool place, shaking occasionally, for 2 months before using.

Cook's Notes

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