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DIY Vanilla Extract

Once you’ve made it, you’ll never  reach for fake again.

  Hate to break it to you, but traditional Vanilla Extract, is  NOT made from vanilla beans. Most store bought Vanilla Extract is created using Castoreum, a chemical compound found beaver castor sacs. And yes, those are located right by the anal glands. Don’t feel like thanking a beaver for your flavoring? Making your own is surprisingly easy. You’ll need:

*Rum or Vodka 

*5-10 vanilla beans.

*Fine mesh cheese cloth (to strain)

*Quart sized mason jar

FIll a quart sized mason jar with rum or vodka. Slit vanilla beans down the long side & pop them in mason jar. Screw on the lid & store it in a cool/dry place for 4-6 months.  Strain into cheesecloth & pour back into mason jar or amber bottle for storage. Viola! That’s it. Perfect as a gift or for personal use. 




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