* 2 Vanilla Beans or pods
Split the beans in half and put into a clean jar. Pour 1/2 cup of vodka or brandy over the beans, then close with the lid.
Lightly invert the mixture every day for four to six weeks. You can strain out your beans or keep them in there.
I keep my pods in the extract along with the little seeds. I like to see the flecks of vanilla in my products.
You can also add more vodka after you have used about half of your extract. Store away from direct sunlight.
Vanilla beans can also be put in a canister with sugar and will create vanilla flavored sugar in about one week.
Infuse vanilla beans in oil to create a vanilla oils which can be used in massage oils, soaps, or cooking
The scent of vanilla is reported to calm angry feelings and emotions; maybe that is why vanilla candles are so popular
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