DIY: Make Your Own Vanilla Sugar

Have you recently made something with vanilla beans? Not sure what to do with the vanilla pods? Feel wasteful just throwing them away? I have the solution: make vanilla sugar!

Vanilla sugar is delicious, aromatic, and a huge flavor boost to any recipe where you would use regular sugar (baked goods, simple syrup, beverages, sauces, heck even in your morning tea). The uses are infinite!

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The process is super simple. The first item of business is to get a really well locking container. I love my set of Lock & Lock tupperware.

Just take the scraped vanilla pods, cut them to fit the tupperware, and alternate them between layers of plain old white sugar.

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When the container is full let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then mash the pods around in the sugar with a spoon or fork to release the oils. Lock the lid on and store in a cool, dry place indefinitely (anywhere you keep your sugar regularly is good for storage). Shake occasionally (every few days or so) as the sugar can clump up.

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You can make vanilla sugar in any quantity. The batch I made here would be the minimum I’d recommend making at a time. I used 1 cup sugar with 2 vanilla pods. You could scale this recipe up as large as you like depending on the container you use to store it in.

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

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