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favor-“ette”: a vanilla tip

So back in June I made a lot of these double vanilla pound cakes, to give as teacher gifts at the end of the year.

Like, A LOT A LOT.

And so I needed a lot of vanilla beans.

Like, A LOT A LOT.

And OMG has vanilla gotten expensive. Like, A LOT…………. okay, you get it.

I actually learned that, after saffron, vanilla is officially the most expensive spice in the world right now. I couldn’t bear to toss those beans, so I made a big batch of vanilla sugar with them.

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Homemade vanilla sugar is as easy as placing your spent vanilla beans into a large covered container with a few cups of sugar. The longer it sits the more aromatic the sugar becomes (you can give the container a shake or two every few days if you think of it).

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Use it however you would regular granulated sugar; it provides a subtle vanilla flavor, and I’ll admit to being a sucker for those black vanilla bean specks. It also makes a lovely little gift, packed in a pretty glass jar.

Homemade Vanilla Sugar l sherisilver.com

Homemade Vanilla Sugar l sherisilver.com

Just make sure the beans are totally dry before adding to your sugar (I just let them sit on the counter overnight, which does the trick).

So easy, right?

And – much like these fried potato peels, strawberry stem-infused water, and apple peel twigs – a great way to avoid waste.

What’s your favorite?

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Homemade Vanilla Sugar l sherisilver.com

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