In the past I have made vanilla "extract" by soaking a vanilla bean or two in alcohol for a few weeks (I used vodka but you can also use rum). This make a great gift if you can find some cute containers. You can also put a vanilla bean in with some sugar to make vanilla sugar. Not to mention all the other yummy things you can make like real vanilla ice cream!
Anyway, I want to make some more extract. So after asking around and doing a little searching I found a great deal on vanilla beans. I can get 26-28 beans for $18 (including shipping). If you have ever seen how much vanilla beans are in the grocery store you'll know that is a great deal!
I'm just not sure I can use that many beans! Is anyone interesting in splitting the order with me?