Yield: 1 servings
|\N \N||-----vanilla extract-----|
|\N \N||Vanilla bean|
|\N \N||Vodka ---citrus extracts-----|
|\N \N||Lemons, (oranges or limes)|
Recipe by: The Cook's Book of Uncommon Recipes - ISBN 0-940367-14-9 Vanilla Extract: It is best to use a brown-glass bottle to prepare vanilla extract. You can purchase one from your pharmacy it you don't have one on hand that you can recycle. Cut the vanilla bean into several long pieces that will fit into the bottle. Fill the bottle with vodka. Allow it to steep for 4 weeks, shaking from time to time.
After you have used about ¼ of the bottle, add enough additional vodka to fill the bottle again. Citrus Extracts: Use well-colored fruit and remove the strips of the zest. (The outer colored portion of the peel...do not include any of the white pithy part.) You will probably be happier using a wide mouth bottle to make citrus extracts. Put the zest in the bottle (until it is about ⅓ filled with zest) then fill the bottle with vodka. Allow it to steep for 2 weeks, shaking from time to time. This extract can not be replenished in the way you can the vanilla extract so after 2 weeks, pour the extract through a fine sieve into a brown-glass bottle and discard the zest.