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Making my own flavored extracts has been the best idea ever. After I ran out of my last tiny bottle of vanilla, I told myself this needs to stop! So here’s the recipe I use to make my own flavored extracts, perfect for baking and other sweet treats. The best part is they only take about 5 minutes to put together and you’ll only need 2 ingredients per bottle!

 

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What you’ll need:
4oz bottles
Vodka
3 Whole vanilla beans
1/2 Cup of mint leaves
1 Large naval orange
1 Large lemon

To make Vanilla Extract:
Cut your vanilla beans in half, then split open each half to expose the vanilla seeds on the inside of the pod.
Place cut vanilla beans inside your glass bottle.
Add vodka, filling up to the neck of the bottle.
Seal tightly and store bottle in a cool, dry place.
Every few days, tilt your bottle upside down to gently mix the liquid inside.
After 5-6 weeks, you have extract! (If you leave in your vanilla beans, when you start running low, just add more vodka and wait a little.)

To make Mint Extract:
Stuff mint leaves into your glass bottle.
Using a chopstick, skewer, or other poking device, lightly bruise/crush the leaves inside the bottle.
Add vodka, filling up to the neck of the bottle.
Every few days, tilt your bottle upside down to gently mix the liquid inside.
After 5-6 weeks, you have extract!
Pour your mint extract into another container through a sieve and discarded the mint leaves, then poured the filtered extract back into the bottle.

To make Orange Extract:
Peel thin strips of zest from ½ of your orange.
Place zest into your glass bottle.
Add vodka, filling up to the neck of the bottle.
Every few days, tilt your bottle upside down to gently mix the liquid inside.
After 5-6 weeks, you have extract! (I think with citrus peels the acid (and alcohol bath), it’s probably safe to leave the peels inside the bottle like a vanilla bean for re-fill purposes. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, take it out!)

To make Lemon Extract:
Peel thin strips of zest from your lemon.
Place zest into your glass bottle.
Add vodka, filling up to the neck of the bottle.
Every few days, tilt your bottle upside down to gently mix the liquid inside.
After 5-6 weeks, you have extract!

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