I was almost out of my favorite vanilla extract (organic, gluten free, sugar free) a couple of months ago, and I did not want to spend a bunch more money to buy some more. We have some vodka in the house (for medicinal purposes) and I had some vanilla beans that have just been sitting around, so I decided to try making my own extract. It couldn't be easier and it is better than any vanilla extract I have ever bought. It cost me about $3.00 to make a 4 ounce bottle.
Makes 4 ounces
1/2 C Vodka (we have the cheapest stuff you could possibly buy)
3-4 vanilla beans, cut in half, and then split lengthwise
Place the vodka and beans in a small jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid. Store in a dark place and shake every day for at least 6 weeks.
-I put mine in my cup cupboard so I would see it everyday and remember to shake it.
-The longer it sits, the stronger it will get.
-When my bottle gets down to 3/4 full, I top it off with more vodka.
-If you use a vanilla bean for another recipe, put the empty pod in your extract.