Today I bottled up my latest batch of homemade vanilla and my hands smell amazing from handling the jars and catching drips. I learned this nifty vanilla-making trick from Laura at HeavenlyHomemakers.com. It’s not at all difficult, but it does take time for the vanilla to steep, so start now if you want to give homemade vanilla as Christmas gifts!
If you’ve never made homemade vanilla, it’s actually really easy and doesn’t take much hands-on time. The months-long wait is for the vanilla to steep in a dark spot in your pantry, but during that time you only need to give the half-gallon container in which your vanilla is brewing into a lovely, dark, cookie-perfecting elixir a gentle shake one every couple of weeks or so. And when it’s done…wowza! Your cookies, coffee, and other kitchen treats will thank you! (And your hands will smell pretty wonderful.)
And with amazingly helpful timing, Olive Nation is having a vanilla sale now through August 3. You can order the same Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans that I like and make your own vanilla, or you can just order ready-to-use vanilla extract. Save 15% with the code VAN15. When you’re ready to bottle up your extract, Olive Nation also has bottles. I like the kind with caps rather than droppers.
Did I mention that bottling up homemade vanilla makes your hands smell really, really good?
Please let me know if you decide to make some homemade vanilla!
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