Cooking and Baking

Homemade Extracts

I'm getting more ambitious every year -- last year I put together little baked goods packages for Christmas presents, and this year I'm thinking about doing sets of homemade extracts/liquors. I already have a coffee liquor brewing in my pantry, but what I really want to make is vanilla extract.

I've finally picked the recipe from The Traveler's Lunchbox for simple vanilla extract, but the one thing I've noticed in all homemade extract recipes is that they all seem to call for a glass container. I live in an urban college town, but I can't say that I've seen canning jars or anything of the sort anywhere around here. I suppose I could order some online, but I'd rather wait and spend the money on pretty glass containers for the gifts themselves.

Is there a specific reason why I can't use a plastic bottle or container? Or do I really have to start hunting down some mason jars?

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