I am making vanilla extract. I'm so excited. I ordered vanilla beans from Mountain Rose Herbs. I recieved 8 beans for $9. I think that works out to $1.13 a bean.
I got the recipe from MaryJanesFarm Magazine.
2-3 vanilla beans split open seeds intact inside.
1 Cup Vodka ( or Brandy or Bourbon)
Place the beans in a jar, cover with the vodka, cap tightly. Agitate once a day for four-six weeks. It will turn brown. Then strain the beans from the liquid and store the liquid in a dark colored bottle.
As we don't drink alcoholic beverages in our home I didn't have any vodka. One of my regular egg buying ladies stopped by today and I told her all about what I was doing. She said I'll be right back. She came back about five minutes later with a bottle of Vodka---how much did I need. So I got out my jar and we filled it up I split the beans and tossed them in the jar. Now my vanilla should be ready just in time for Thanksgiving baking! Perhaps I will be a litle extra cheery this year testing my vanilla!