After you make your own vanilla essence you will never go back to the shop bought imitation junk with additives like corn syrup, thickeners, artificial colours, caramel colour, stabilisers and fake vanilla in the form of vanillin made from the petroleum and wood pulp industry.
Prepare a clean glass jar or bottle, depending on how much you make will depend on the size of the bottle.
Split vanilla beans lengthwise and then in half.
Place all the vanilla into the bottle and pour the alcohol over the beans.
Place the lid on the glass jar and leave in a dark place like your pantry for at least 2-3 months.
As the weeks pass, the clear spirits like vodka will develop a brown colour. If you have used a brown rum the colour will deepen further and become cloudy and less transparent. The longer it stands the stronger and more aromatic your homemade vanilla extract will become. So that you remember the date you made your homemade essence place a sticker on your bottle of essence with the date you made it.
The first time I made vanilla extract I could hardly wait for the three months to pass, so I started using it at 6 weeks and it was pungent at that stage, but I’ve noticed as time passes it just becomes absolutely the best essence.
When the three months is up, I usually take out about 100 ml and put it in another small clean jar, then I top up my original jar with more of the primary alcohol. You can do this for around 3 years. Remember there will be other people who may like a small bottle of your homemade vanilla essence, so make enough for gifts for friends or teach them to make their own.