A number of us galfriends went together this year to buy vanilla beans to make homemade vanilla extract in time for holiday baking. We placed quite a large group order on Amazon and got a better price per vanilla bean because of volume. We allowed plenty of time for shipping, etc., because it takes 6-8 weeks to steep.
But why would anyone want to make their own vanilla extract instead of just buy it? Just to watch the liquid change colors? Because you will never run out of vanilla again? Or, maybe because it’s economical? Experts say that the beans can be used over again many times – perpetually by adding more vodka and an occasional bean or two….