To make your own Vanilla extract, take a vanilla bean (there are inexpensive ones in some supermarkets) and slice it in half lengthwise, exposing the seeds. Place in a pint sized mason jar. Fill to the top with vodka, cover and wait. In a few days, you will have your own stash of Vanilla extract. Trust me, there is nothing worse than going to the cabinet, expecting to grab your bottle of vanilla extract to find that it is empty. Ok, well there are worse things, but in my world, that's a rough moment.