Here's a cool website I found called Planet Green. www.planetgreen.discovery.com/ I went there to find the recipes for 45 HOMEMADE FOODS YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF. The best one there is Vanilla Extract. Here's the recipe:
2 cups vodka
6 Vanilla beans
One quart Mason jar with ring and lid.
Scald the jar, lid and ring, and let airdry.
Pour vodka in the sterilized Mason jar. Cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise and place in the vodka. Make sure beans are covered with vodka. Store in a cool, dry and dark place for at least 6 weeks before you strain the vanilla extract with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Place in sterilized dark bottles and close lid tightly.