Hello! In my last post, I mentioned how to make vanilla extract using only a couple of vanilla beans and vodka. What i’m going to talk about today can be will probably be more used at home or at work than vanilla extract. I’m going to teach you have to make some vanilla sugar.
Basically, It’s vanilla flavored (and smelling) sugar! It can be used as a substitute of regular sugar for drinks, baking, and cooking. I personally love putting it in my coffee in the morning. It adds a sweet vanilla flavoring to it. Another good idea is to sprinkle it on top of your pastries–yum! Vanilla sugar is quite popular and relatively common in Europe, but outside the European countries it’s expensive and a difficult item to find. Some citizens of non-european countries don’t even know what it is! Little do people know, it’s really easy to make vanilla sugar and they don’t have to break their budget just to get some.
TIP: Making Vanilla sugar is a good way to reuse your used beans. If you find yourself using vanilla beans for a recipe, DO NOT THROW THE POD AWAY, just throw it into your sugar jar. If the pod is wet, properly dry it, then pop it into your sugar container!
- At least three new or used vanilla beans
- A glass container with a tight lid*
I didn’t have any containers left at home from making Vanilla Extract and my housemates wanted to have some regular sugar, so I had to use my trusty zip-lock bag.
- Slice down a vanilla bean with a small knife. Be careful not to cut all the way through the pod.
- Open both flaps and scrape away the seeds with the back of your knife.
- Put the vanilla seeds and the pods into the container with the sugar. Close the lid.
- Shake the container around or mix with a spoon to mix in the seeds.
- DO NOT USE IT YET. Store your Vanilla Sugar for 1-2 weeks before using it.
After a week or two you’ll have your very own vanilla sugar! I told you it was really easy to make.