Once I started making this I haven’t purchased vanilla extract from the store in over 4 years. Super simple and inexpensive. You need two ingredients:
1 cup unflavored vodka
3 whole vanilla beans, split with the “caviar” scraped out -don’t skimp here use good vanilla beans, my favorite is Madagascar vanilla beans I purchased online.
Place all ingredients including the bean and “caviar” in a mason jar or other glass container, shake well and put in a dark cool place such as your spice cabinet or pantry. Shake every couple of days. This will be ready to use in all of your recipes in approximately 3 weeks. When you start to get low on the extract, simply add more vodka and another vanilla bean. This becomes a never ending jar of vanilla extract.
Use this in baked goods, pancakes, french toast, waffles, etc.