I followed these directions this past Christmas
Much better info and FAQs. I made $200 worth of vanilla extract for $40.00
I got my beans here: http://www.beanilla.com/madagascar-vanilla-beans
They were the first quality Madagascar ones. 25 for $25.00. I did my homework. You will not beat that price or quality. They sell bottles too, if you need them.
Johanna in WI