I’ve shared so many times how I love my homemade vanilla extract and vanilla sugar made with Olive Nation’s Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla beans. If you start a batch of vanilla extract now then you’ll have homemade vanilla to use in fall treats (if you live in the USA), add a boost of flavor to Thanksgiving baking, and bottle up for Christmas gift giving.
Update: The sale is over, but I’ll keep my eyes open for other great deals at Olive Nation!
There’s a great sale going on at Olive Nation! Through Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Olive Nation is offering 25% off of vanilla beans and vanilla paste with the code “VAN25” and you always get free shipping on vanilla beans. When I checked the Olive Nation web site just before I published this post I saw that they’re also offering free shipping on orders over $50, so if you want both vanilla beans and vanilla paste this is a great time to get them and take advantage of the discounted price and free shipping offer for a larger order. Once you’ve added products to your cart, look for the “free samples” button in the upper right corner of the cart page beneath the “cart” button. I couldn’t find the minimum order to receive a free sample (it’s usually $35) but if you’re ordering lots of vanilla beans you might get the opportunity to select additional vanilla beans, vanilla paste, or a free sample bottle to store your homemade vanilla extract. Be sure to look for the “free samples” button!
Here’s the batch of homemade vanilla extract I started right after Christmas and am planning to bottle up in time for Mother’s Day. It’s already nice and dark and it smells good! It will be wonderful in cakes, cookies, and frosting, of course, but it’s also a yummy addition to coffee. Just add a splash of homemade vanilla extract to your coffee grounds for a delicious vanilla java. And as the weather warms up I’ll be enjoying my homemade vanilla-mocha iced coffees once again!
Do you make homemade vanilla extract? What’s your favorite way to use it?
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