Evenly divide the vanilla beans amongst the containers you are using and pour the vodka over top. Give it a good shake.
Store covered in a cool dark place for at least 4-6 weeks, shaking the bottle several times a week.
When your vanilla extract is ready to be used, strain out the vanilla beans and any residue, if you’d like. A strainer, cheesecloth, nut milk bag or even a ladies nylon stocking would all work just fine. I like giving mine as a gift with the beans still in the bottle and with a date printed on the bottle for when it is ready to use.
The extract should be stored at room tempera
For fun flavor variations try your favorite bourbon, rum or brandy instead of vodka.
For an alcohol-free vanilla extract use vegetable glycerine instead of alcohol.
Play with various vanilla beans, you can try Tahitian, Madagascar, Mexican and more – each type of bean has it’s own subtle flavor profile. If I cannot get my hands on 100% certified organic extract vanilla beans, I personally find Madagascar Vanilla Beans to be the best for homemade extract and you get the most bang for your buck!