I buy my vanilla beans from Amazon.com they have a large selection and the beans are great. I just bought 1/2 pound of Bourbon Vanilla Beans (named after the region not the alcohol beverage) for 25.00 A much more affordable price then 2 beans for 10.00 in the stores. The beans come fresh and soft and smell wonderful.
2 ways to make it
1 cup Potato Vodka in a Ball Jar
2 Vanilla beans completely submerged in alcohol, if they are too long, then cut them in half.
This process takes about 4 months of shaking the mixture and keeping it in a dark pantry. I personally do NOT have this kind of time, 2 young kids, tons of baking means this is a pre planned nightmare in a bind.
VANILLA EXTRACT IN A PINCH!
In a blender…
1 cup Potato Vodka
3 Vanilla Beans
GRIND IT UP TOGETHER!! Strain it through a colander into a Ball Jar, you want the little beans, use the pulp in another Ball Jar and add Potato Vodka. The second one will sit longer, it will be your reserve jar.
1/2 pound of beans will keep you in Vanilla Extract Business for over a year! So well worth the 25.00!