It is too easy and delicious to make vanilla extract. Not the crummy, fake imitation vanilla extract but real vanilla. You can buy vanilla bean pods online or at specialty stores and Whole Foods.
Grab a bottle of vodka or rum. Take 4-5 vanilla bean pods and cut them lengthwise. Scoop out the little black seeds inside. Ideally the pods are soft and the inside is gooey but when they start to dry out it will be crumbly. Open alcohol bottle and insert the vanilla bean pods and seeds. Close the top and set it aside for a about 2 months shaking to distribute about every week. Then you have your own homemade non-toxic delicious vanilla extract. Use in recipes when it calls for vanilla extract.
Obviously you will not be able to have it for this month. Make it now!
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