I prefer to make my own Vanilla Extract. Not only does it taste better, but if you have family or friends who like to bake, it makes a great gift!
This past New Year’s, I had my family over on New Year’s Day and gave everyone a bottle of my Homemade Vanilla Extract.
The formula is 7 Vanilla Beans per 8 oz of Extract.
I ordered 1/2 lb. of vanilla beans from http://www.amadeusvanillabeans.com/ and received 81 Vanilla Beans! The quality of the beans was outstanding and shipping was quick.
Once you clean the bottles, simply put 7 Vanilla beans into an 8 oz. bottle and fill with Vodka. I prefer Sobieski Vodka, because it has very little taste.
Shake your bottle 2-3 times a week and within about 6 months, you will have your own Vanilla Extract.
Next year, make some for your family and enjoy what they bake!