Vanilla crisis! 

Have you noticed all the talk about a vanilla crisis? I hadn’t taken much notice myself as I was well stocked.

And then supplies ran low and I went to order more vanilla extract. Oh my! The last time I bought a 1 litre bottle it cost me £25. A few weeks ago I went back to the same supplier and they now wanted almost £60! Another site was asking £98! I was in shock.

It is all due to the orchid that produces the vanilla bean having had a bad year. It’s not an easy crop anyway, and is hard to farm on any kind of industrial scale. So a bad year causes big problems, and big price rises!

So I took to the interwebs. I’d heard in the past that you can make your own vanilla extract. I googled it. And you can!

All you need is some vanilla pods and vodka. Split the pods, pop them in a jar or screw top bottle and cover with vodka. Then wait, and shake, and wait.

The other thing I have been doing is rinsing out old vanilla bean paste jars with vodka and adding them to the mix.

This is the results. On the left is the jar leavings and vodka, on the right the pods in their vodka. So far it’s working a treat! Give it a go 🙂

One thought on “Vanilla crisis! 

  • July 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks for the tip Claire! Over here the prices are horrible too! I wanted to add Vanilla bean paste to my webshop, but companies aren’t taking any new clients because there’s not enough product at the moment 🙁 xx


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