Vanilla Extract

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Appears in
Better Than Store-Bought: Authoritative recipes that most people never knew they could make at home

By Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider

Published 1979

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This is an extract of moderate strength, not as concentrated as commercially produced vanilla extract, which usually includes glycerine and a sweetener and sometimes other additives. You’ll probably find you will want to increase the measurement when using this extract, perhaps even doubling the quantity.


  • Vanilla beans
  • Vodka


  1. Cut vanilla beans into quarters, then split the sections lengthwise with kitchen scissors. Drop the pieces into a small, clean, dry bottle that has a tight cap.
  2. Add 1 ounce (2 tablesp