Preparation time: mere minutes
Cooking time: 4-6 months
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 1 bottle
1 Madagascar vanilla bean (search Ebay)
1 bottle of vodka
Split vanilla bean lengthwise with a sharp knife.
Place in jar or bottle.
Cover the bean completely with vodka.
Let stand in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 months.
Shake jar occasionally during the standing time.
If you do this soon, you will have authentic vanilla extract for your holiday baking.