Update: Looking for instructions on making homemade vanilla? Keep reading! Instructions for making vanilla sugar are here. I’ll keep my eyes open for sales at Olive Nation so you can get the best deals on vanilla beans.
While I’m waiting for my fireplace primer touch-up to dry, I want to let you know that Olive Nation is having a vanilla sale through tomorrow (1/10/16) and you can get 20% off your order if you use the “VAN20” promo code! Now is the perfect time to start a batch of homemade vanilla extract for Resurrection Sunday baking or Mother’s Day gift giving.
By the way, if the fireplace is successfully finished tonight I’ll probably post a picture on my Facebook page. (Update: The fireplace pics are posted!) The how-tos will appear here on the blog in a few days.
I use Olive Nation’s plump and fragrant Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans to make my homemade vanilla. I just received an order of vanilla beans and they smell wonderful! I can’t wait to use them for homemade vanilla extract and vanilla sugar. Instructions for making homemade vanilla extract are at the bottom of the vanilla bean order page on the Olive Nation site.
I split 40 vanilla beans, about a quarter of a pound, and add 1.75L of vodka to make about a half gallon of homemade vanilla extract. I let my extract steep in a 64 ounce Ball canning jar like this one. The Ball jars are also good for making vanilla sugar.
If you’ve never made vanilla extract before, Olive Nation offers a Vanilla Extract Making Kit that comes with everything you need, except the vodka (or rum).
And if you’d rather just order some high-quality vanilla extract, Olive Nation has that, too!
Vanilla beans ship free from Olive Nation in the continental U.S. and Olive Nation is also offering free shipping in the continental U.S. on orders over $50. Check the Olive Nation web site for all of the free shipping details.
Now you know about the sale! Be sure to check the “Today’s Deals” link at the top of the Olive Nation web site because at last check there was an offer for a free sample. Hopefully I’ll have a fireplace painting success story to share on Facebook tonight!
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