A gift always gets extra points if it's homemade. Start now and you can have vanilla extract on hand, ready to bestow on lucky bakers in December.
- Vanilla beans
For a bargain on vanilla beans, order at marxfoods.com.
Slice vanilla beans lengthwise and cover with vodka (use 1 cup for every 2 beans). Seal and store in a cool place, shaking occasionally, for 2 months before using.
SourceEveryday Food, November 2012