Saturday, September 11, 2010

Vanilla Holidays

What??? Vanilla Holidays??? Christmas for crackers???
Is he crazy- talking about Holidays already- hell Maude- school just started, and he is dreaming of a white Christmas... that boy is nuts!!
No Harold, I am not crazy... I have just been making christmas presents.

First I been making Vanilla extract, simply following instructions found on Abbie's Blog. and then making Vanilla Sugar. Here is how to make Vanilla Sugar:

You Need:
1-2 vanilla beans,
1 airtight jar
regular granulated sugar.

Fill the jar halfway with sugar. Cut the beans into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces and stick them into the sugar. Add sugar to cover the beans. Close the container and place it into a cool dark closet. You may wish to wrap the jar into aluminum foil ( some people say it works better). The vanilla sugar will ready for usage after 3 weeks.

Add sugar to the jar if needed. The beans will release the aroma for about two years. They are still good after that, but they will need heat to release more aroma, that means they can be used for making a custard.


The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Thanks, Rob! I was just beginning to wonder what I could do for homemade gifts this year. This is a definite. Vanilla beans will be ordered after these clicks... :)

Farmer's Daughter said...

I'm glad you liked that idea! The vanilla sugar sounds fantastic! I'm going to try it!

Robj98168 said...

Farmgal and Farmer's Daughter
The vanilla sugar is so easy. The most work is finding nice containers for it at the thrift stores!