As I mentioned before, I have a ton of vanilla beans thanks to this place. They have amazing prices! I bought them because I wanted to make my own vanilla extract. It's super easy! And WAY less expensive than buying little jars of pure vanilla. And it's fun! Here's how.
3 vanilla beans
1 cup vodka*
container with tight fitting lid
Split vanilla beans lengthwise, leaving about an inch together at the top.
Place beans inside of container and fill with vodka.
Give it a good shake and store in a cool dark place.
Vanilla is ready to use in 2 months and lasts forever. You can keep topping it off with vodka and giving it a nice shake every so often.
You can order some cool bottles from this company. They are crazy cheap and have all sorts of cool containers.
* If you want GF vanilla extract be sure to use a potato vodka such as Luksusowa.