1 small glass jar with a secure fitting lid, thoroughly cleaned
I am only making a small batch, using the ration of 1 vanilla bean per 30 mls of vodka, but you can easily double or triple this depending on how much you want to make.
Fill you jar with the desired amount of vodka (ensuring there is still plenty of room in the jar to fit the vanilla bean without spilling over).
Using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, open the vanilla bean and scrap the inside into your glass jar. Place the entire bean pod into the jar too.
Secure the lid on the jar, give it a good shake and place in a cool, dark cupboard for 8 weeks or longer. I have been giving mine a little extra shake every couple of days.
Once ready, just add to your baking as you would commercial vanilla extract - it may take a bit of experimentation to get the desired amount right.