12large Vanilla Bean podsMake sure they are of good quality with no mould.
500mlVodkaGin or Bourbon are great alternatives.
Have ready 2 x 250ml bottles with a suitable secure tops. Clean and dried.
Add 6 large vanilla pods, unsliced, to each one. Fitting them into the bottles is easier if you place the curved end, of the vanilla pod, in first.
Fill each bottle with vodka, making sure you cover the vanilla pods as much as you can. Secure the top and give them a little shake.
Store in a cool dry place for at least 6 months. Give them a good shake every week or so.
The Vanilla Extract will be ready to use after about 6 months.
You'll notice that I haven't sliced any of the vanilla pods, that's because I want to squeeze out the vanilla paste from each of the beans when the extract is ready. This can be done by snipping the end of a pod and then squeezing out the contents. Pop the vanilla bean back into the bottle to continue infusing the extract.You can use this Vanilla paste in your baking and cooking as normal.Start using just one bottle first. When that becomes empty, leave the vanilla pods in the bottle and fill to the top with fresh vodka and a couple more fresh Vanilla pods. Leave to infuse again for 6 months while you use the second bottle. When you get to the end of the second bottle, repeat the process. I suggest you don't use one large jar or bottle. If you were to drop it you'll need to start all over again. Having a few smaller bottles on the go is better.