Vanilla extract is difficult to find in Sweden. It is sold in a vanilla sugar form which gives a flavor different to what I am accustomed to. Due to this, I tried to do it on my own and haven't gone back. This is how it's done:
HOW-TO MAKE VANILLA
10 vanilla beans
2 cups clear Vodka
Slit 10 vanilla beans down their sides. Place, standing up, in a lidded jar that will be sealable. Cover beans with Vodka. Seal tight and let steep for 8 weeks, shaking every few weeks and store in a dark space. Use a usual.
I love having these beans on hand, as well and scrape a few seeds to impart extra vanilla bean to baked goods batter. Simply re-place the beans, as you deplete your supply, and cover, again, with vodka.*
(*I haven't tried this but have heard about a non-alcohol version ,here, if you prefer.)
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