Not many people think about making homemade vanilla extract. It isn't difficult to do at all and takes only a few supplies. The most difficult part of the process is waiting for it to age to perfection, which will take a few months. Why should you make your own vanilla? The benefits are astounding.

- More intense flavor

- Unique blends

- Less expensive

- Fun

- Be self sustaining

- You know what is in it

- It makes great gifts

Did I mention cheap?

The main ingredients in basic homemade vanilla are vodka ( or other high proof alcohol) and vanilla beans. You can use a variety of vanilla beans to create a more complex flavor, or use organic if you like.