Homemade Vanilla Extract
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.
Use a small pairing knife to split the beans down the center while leaving the ends attached (so it does not split in half).
Put beans in a large glass container with a lid ( the one in the picture is from a Ikea and works great for this).
Store in a cool dark place for about 6 – 8 weeks.
Optional: Home-made extract makes a great gift. You can buy smaller amber glass jars (as shown) from Amazon or McMaster Carr.