OK. Here is a simple recipe for making your own real vanilla extract. From me–a teetotaler!
Split and scrape vanilla beans and add scrapings and beans to vodka.
I use about 4-5 beans for every cup of vodka. Leave it somewhere so you will remember to shake it a few times every day for a week or more. Then let sit for 2-3 months in a dark place. As you use it, they say you can just top it off with vodka and give it a shake. If I add very much more vodka, I add another split vanilla bean or two.
This vanilla made ALL the difference in my home-made vanilla ice cream.
Don’t buy the beans in a grocery store. I get mine on Amazon. They are much cheaper and superior quality.