Learn how to make vanilla extract - a beautiful vanilla gift with free printable labels. Once you have homemade vanilla, you'll never purchase store bought again!
Split vanilla beans lengthwise. By splitting your beans, or snipping into small bits, you expose more surface area, which makes a better extract.
Place in a bottle.
Using a funnel, fill with alcohol.
Store in a dark cabinet for a at least a month.
Storing for 3+ months is optimal, shaking occasionally.
Beans can be used for a year - just refill with vodka. If you feel your vanilla extract is weak, just add a few more beans.