Everyone should have Homemade Vanilla Extract in their cupboard! This is an easy, feel-good concoction. You can choose what potency or proof you want your vanilla to be. Bear in mind the alcohol cooks off during baking.
I purchase vanilla beans from a food co-op. Do yourself a favor and get organic. It’s just the right thing to do! Slice two or three beans lengthwise. Do not cut them in half. The goal is to just open them so the alcohol can mingle with the inside of the beans.