Home-made extract is really easy to make. Just add vodka to vanilla beans and wait. You can find vanilla beans online. It also makes a really cool, personalized gift.
Bottle of Medium Grade Vodka (best not to use your finest Scandinavian vodka for this one)
Handful of Vanilla Beans
1. Use a small pairing knife to spilt the beans down the center while leaving the ends attached (so it does not spilt in half).
2. Put beans in a large glass container with a lid ( the one in the picture is from a Ikea and works great for this).
3. Store in a cool dark place for about 6 – 8 weeks.
5. Optional: Home-made extract makes a great gift. You can buy smaller amber glass jars (as shown) from Amazon or McMaster Carr.