Originally Posted by taxlady
It only takes two or three beans? I think I'll give it a try. Does that turn out about the same strength as the commercially made vanilla?
Oh yes. Better, in fact, imo. I found a vanilla extract kit at TJ Maxx a couple years ago - three Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and a pretty bottle for $7.99.
I bought some inexpensive vodka and combined them. I split and scraped the vanilla beans into the decorative bottle, added the vodka, and shook them every few days for a few months. It's delicious in my baked goods
And from what I've read, as you use it, you can just add more vodka and reuse the same beans for several years.