― If you love to bake, you know howexpensive it is to buy pure vanilla extract. ∙ Vanilla is the second most expensive spicebecause the beans are difficult to cultivate from orchids. ∙ You can make your own vanilla extractright now, in time for Christmas baking...and it's FUN! ∙ You can find many websites that sellquality vanilla beans. They can be quiteexpensive. ∙ I bought my beans at my local health food storefor $6 apiece. ∙ You will need three beansabout [...].