here, split the beans lengthwise with a knife (but not all the way), and put them in the bottle of vodka. I had to tip out some of the vodka so the beans would fit in. Then put the lid back on the vodka, and shake it a little, put it in the pantry where you ideally shake it a little everyday for 2 months. If you remember. Today I bottled it into old maple syrup bottles to make it easier to pour. Vanilla extract- too easy!