Real vanilla extract is so expensive, and imitation vanilla is no substitute for the real thing, so now we make our own.

All you need is some vanilla beans and some alcohol.

It’s not that easy to find vanilla beans in a regular supermarket, but we found them at Kalustyan’s. If that’s not convenient for you, of course you can find them on the internet.

Just cut the beans lengthwise, place them in a small jar, and fill the jar with vodka. After about two months your vanilla is ready to use. As it runs out, keep adding vodka and beans.